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Ursus arctos
Common Name: Brown Bear
Date Made/Found: Before 1968
Vendor: Sold by Mr Richard Carter A Ritson MIMC , 1896 - 1969
Place Object Found: Russian Federation
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: TZ141
This specimen of brown bear is thought to have originated in Russia. It was bought from Richard Ritson in 1968, a music hall magician also known as Whu Ling the Magical Mandarin. The bear was first displayed the same year and quickly became a favourite of museum visitors. It was placed on open display, freestanding in the natural history gallery.

Sadly, in the mid 1990s, the bear suffered extensive damage when it was vandalised and had to be removed from display. The bear was repaired by skilled museum technicians, using mink fur to cover some of the visible damage and returned to display in 1997, but this time out of reach. The bear can currently be found playing the part of a bear from the Ice Age in the Ancient Lands section of What on Earth.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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