Baffling questions around Bungendore

Katydid 25 May 2009 34

On a day trip out to Bateman’s Bay on Saturday, my fiance and I noticed 2 question-raising sights around Bungadore. I’m hoping the RiotACTers can give us a hand.

    1. What’s up with teddy bears nailed to trees? At first we thought they were similar to the flowers and wreaths that are used to mark accident sites, but there were a lot of them, and always just a teddy bear.

    2. Two wombats had obviously (and sadly) been victims of traffic, but they were lying on the side of the road with what looked like hot pink crosses spray-painted on their sides. (My fiance assures me they weren’t gang insignia, but I’m thinking they might have been victims in something more sinister than road-accidents. No shoes hanging over powerlines nearby, but can we ever be sure?)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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34 Responses to Baffling questions around Bungendore
Gus929 Gus929 10:43 am 25 May 09

I believe that the crosses mean that they’ve been checked in case they are females with young in their pouches.

gun street girl gun street girl 10:44 am 25 May 09

There’s been a teddy bear thread before – I don’t think there was ever a consensus as to what they mean.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:56 am 25 May 09

The teddy bears are one of lifes great mysteries. There was a lot more, but recently a lot of the trees were trimmed back beside the highway and in doing so, a great many of the bears were removed.

They are slowly beginning to to repopulate the trees again.

Primal Primal 10:57 am 25 May 09

The teddy bears are actually camoflauged speed cameras.

(No, really. Scout’s honour. I swear.)

Granny Granny 11:13 am 25 May 09

I thought they were alien-controlled mind probes.

Thumper Thumper 11:20 am 25 May 09

Some say, at night, their eyes glow and evil red and many travellers have disappeared on that lonely stretch of road, never to be heard of again.

Often their cars are found, abandoned, sometimes with the engine still running. Strangely these vehicles often show no signs of a struggle but are reported to have small traces of fake fur on the seats and dashboards.

rottweiler rottweiler 11:38 am 25 May 09

Oh yes seen the bears and wondered this same question ,I did hear something along the lines of new craze for youngsters going away for end of year parties down coast but could be wrong.

On another note was pooh in his cave my girls were so upset last trip that he had been knocked off,were heading down this week hopefully and don’t want any tears so we have a pooh replacement.(just in case)

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 11:59 am 25 May 09

According to my contacts in the AFP and ICAC, the Wombats controlled most of the serious crime in the Bungendore area until the late 90’s, when the Teddies moved in, and a long, drawn out turf war began.

In recent years, the Wombats have been trying to re-establish themselves, but as an endangered species, they just don’t have the numbers in the local population. The Teddies, on the other hand, have an ever-growing pool of stuffed toys to recruit from. Bitter and disillusioned at their abandonment by their child owners, nascent Teddy street gangs can be found lurking around charity bins all over Canberra, which is where the Bungendore Teddies pick them up with promises of ‘honey’ (the Teddies’ drug of choice), Barbie dolls and custom Tonka trucks. Teddy gangs are a growing national and international problem, a fact which lies behind recent moves to legislate to control placement and monitoring of charity bins.

It’s my belief that Simon Corbell, our local AG, is spearheading this initiative, having recently held highly secret talks with a number of AGs from other countries anxious to stop the growth of international Teddy gangs by introducing similar controls and developing a raft of retraining initiatives aimed at diverting recently abandoned stuffed toys into specially designed vocational streams, and artificial fur rehabilitation and stuffing-replacement programs based on best practice models in other jurisdictions. It’s great to see the ACT showing such a high level of international leadership. I’m certainly sleeping more soundly at night…but I still avoid driving to Bungendore at night…

Furry Jesus Furry Jesus 12:04 pm 25 May 09

The hot pink crosses are spray-painted onto the bodies of murdered Wombat gang members by young teddy bears as a rite of initiation into the Bungendore Teddies. The practice serves as a warning to other wombats and ensures the gang’s code of silence is preserved by making initiates complicit in wombat assassinations.

Vonbare Vonbare 12:34 pm 25 May 09

Further to Furry Jesus’ comments, the Teddy Bears being nailed to the trees is carried out by bounty hunters, funded by *censored* to control the TB outbreak.

Much like gophers being killed and tied to fences in the UK, the bounty hunters collect payment per head and these serve as proof of their work.

Thumper Thumper 12:37 pm 25 May 09

No No No!

They are satanic sacrifices!

SheepGroper SheepGroper 12:54 pm 25 May 09

Thumper said :

No No No!

They are satanic sacrifices!

Gay satanic sacrifices.

kathysav kathysav 1:33 pm 25 May 09

They keep the yowies away.

Granny Granny 1:49 pm 25 May 09

Oh, c’mon! They are animal impersonator zombie wannabes. And they are watching. Watching. Watching … you!

*maniacal laughter*

MissChief MissChief 1:54 pm 25 May 09

“Some say, at night, their eyes glow an evil red and many travellers have disappeared on that lonely stretch of road, never to be heard of again.

Often their cars are found, abandoned, sometimes with the engine still running. Strangely these vehicles often show no signs of a struggle but are reported to have small traces of fake fur on the seats and dashboards.”

Thumper… that had me LOL.

Asked some Bungendore residents about the tree teddies a few years back. They said it was started by locals as a game for Bungendore children, to make their trips between Bungendore and Canberra more interesting. It may give some indication as to who decorates Poo Corner on the Clyde – another great unsolved mystery.

astrojax astrojax 2:08 pm 25 May 09

i thought the bears were in trees as targets for booners in utes to practice their drive-by shooting before being unleashed by defece in a mobile roo-culling exercise.

mebbe they are retoid control devices. that’d be it.

astrojax astrojax 2:09 pm 25 May 09

oops, dang double vision eyes – reptoid, of course. sir. sorry, won’t happen aga-aaaaggghhhhh…

Bam Bam Bam Bam 2:33 pm 25 May 09

The Teddies are also a fair way out along the Federal Hwy too aren’t they?

bugmenot bugmenot 3:07 pm 25 May 09

You can find these Teddies in trees all the way to the South Coast and we have seen them in many trees in Mimosa Rocks NP as well.
No idea why they’re there, but they’re always a pleasant sight.

niftydog niftydog 3:08 pm 25 May 09

Re; Pooh Corner – back in my day we used our imagination! No tinsel, soft toys, reflectors… nothing. Far more stimulating for young minds IMHO, and totally impossible to sabotage!

Re; teddies – I’ve seen them as far afield as Congo, south east of Moruya.

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