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Neighborhood ‘bear hunts’ are an adorable cure for kids’ social-distancing boredom

Neighborhood 'bear hunts' are an adorable cure for kids' social-distancing boredom

With schools closing and people warned to stay home due to the coronavirus, parents and caregivers are working extra hard to keep their children engaged and not climbing the furniture. Fortunately it’s still safe to take brief, socially-distanced walks outside, provided there aren’t many others out and it’s done responsibly. 

Just be careful — there are bears out there.

To heighten the fun of these jaunts, and keep local community spirit alive, people around the world are putting stuffed toys in their windows for children to spot on “bear hunts.” 

It isn’t clear exactly where the trend started, but it’s gained momentum over the past few days. Read more…

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London police stop to help 'collapsed person,' get an odd surprise

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LONDON — In a job that’s probably filled with unpleasant surprises, it must be a nice relief when something that appears to be grim actually turns out to be entirely innocent.

It’s happened before with the British police. There was the “person who sounded in distress” and turned out to be a goat and the “injured otter” that was nothing more than a fake fur collar.

And when the Lewisham Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team was out patrolling on Wednesday, it happened again.

“There was an alleyway with a trolley full of goods at the entrance and there was something that looked like a person slumped over so we went to investigate,” a spokesperson told the London Evening Standard. Read more…

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