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Curly, cuddly, full of life and joy, that described the teddy
bear named Percy. He lived at Boyds Bear Country (BBC) at the
same time Hare-iette lived there. Hare-iette liked Percy.
Everyone liked Percy. Percy was about 15 inches tall with curly tan fur. He always wore a plaid bow around his neck. Percy had a frozen shoulder, and even he
didn't know how that happened. He had always been that way, and
had learned to get along just fine with limited use of his left
arm. Percy was a very private bear. He never told anyone what he
was doing or how he felt. In some ways he was a very strange
Everyone knew that Percy sneaked out at night. Going out without
a human was forbidden. It was simply too dangerous for a little
critter to be out alone. But every night shortly after closing,
Percy sneaked out and never came back until around midnight. If
anyone asked how he got out or what he did, he simply smiled, and
went on his way.
Percy tried to earn money by running errands for the people who
worked at BBC. When he had money, he would be seen buying food
and taking it away in a little bag. This was very strange
behavior. All the critters at the big red barn got plenty to eat and
even treats. They didn't need to buy food. When asked why he
bought the food, Percy simply smiled and went on his way.
And, strangest of all, Percy did NOT want to be adopted.
Hare-iette and the most of the other bears and hares couldn't
wait to go to their permanent homes, but not Percy. When
prospective parents came around, Percy would hide behind all the
other little bears, and try not to be noticed.
This strange behavior had been going on for months and by now,
no one paid much attention.
Then one night, a couple of days before Christmas, Percy came to
Hare-iette, and said he needed a favor, he needed help. Hare-iette
is always glad to help out. Percy said he needed a big hare to
help him get a Christmas tree. Hare-iette would have to sneak out
with him after closing. Now, Hare-iette is a sweet hare and will
always help if she can, but she is curious. She told Percy she
would help, but he would have to tell her what was going on. Percy
said he would tell her the whole story on the way to the woods to
get a tree.
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