Over the past few years writing this blog I have come across some very unusual and realistic looking dolls. In our posts entitled Hauntingly real “reborn” babies and this Reborn baby renaissance, we introduced our readers to the concept of “reborn” babies, dolls so realistic-looking as to make us do double and triple-takes. Once such baby recently made our ‘most watched” list, this Full Bodied solid SILICONE doll sculpted & reborn by Romie Strydom:
Today’s remarkable find is also incredibly realistic, but a lot more cuddly (or at least that is the general consensus here at the eBay stories office). Take a look at this OOAK Artist Realistic Style Teddy Bear by J. Livingston Desertmountainbear:
In case you didn’t know, OOAK means “one of a kind.” You have to admit, this teddy bear looks like a real bear cub, although the listing makes it clear that this is actually a “young bear.” And like the reborn babies, this bear cub has a name, Eveleth, although unlike the babies, the cub does not have a specific birth date. The story behind this stuffed animal is told by the seller, desertmountainbear, in the listing:
“I believe that much of the success I have had with my teddy bears is because of real bear called Hope.In January of 2010 a camera was placed in den of one of Dr Lynn Rodgers research bears. The bears name was Lily.Through that camera I had the privilege to witness Lily give birth to a cub called Hope. From her birth she became the subject of my studies. The video and close-up still photographs of her allowed me to really see the way bears, especially cubs, moved.This helped me to design bears with more realistic look and movement.I am very thankful to Dr. Rodgers, Sue Mansfield, and the North American Bear Center for what they have shown me about bears.But I am especially thankful for Hope.Although she is no longer with us she is and will forever be my muse.
I hope that you will visit their website, read their mission statement, and see the work they are doing to educate the world about bears.
I usually name my bears places in Arizona, but the North American Bear Center is in Ely, Minnesota, so this bear is named after a city in Minnesota. The city of Eveleth is about an hour from the Bear Center.
Eveleth has been created from design to completion by me, Joanne Livingston of Desertmountainbear.
She is not a cub, but a young bear. Eveleth is a research bear, and like all of Dr Rodger’s research bears she wears a radio collar. Collars are not placed around the bears necks until they are ready to leave the protection of their mothers. She also wears a collar of brightly colored ribbons. These are placed around the bears necks in the autumn so that they will be easily identified during hunting season as research animals. Both of these collars are removable.
She is about 23″ (58cm) tall standing,from her feet to the tips of her ears, although she does not stand on her own. She is about 16″ (42cm) sitting.”
The listing goes into a lot more detail about the materials used to create the bear, in case you are interested. Proceeds from the sale of this bear will benefit the North American Bear Center whose goal is to be a leader in providing understanding and appreciation of black bears, their role in the ecosystem and their relationship to humans. You can find out more about the NABC here.
Good luck bidding!