SEATTLE (AP) - So a day care center is getting a new teddy bear. Big deal, right?
When the teddy bear is 12 feet high and weighs three tons, it is a big deal, and moving it is no small matter, either.
Workers began barricading the affected streets at 4:30 a.m. Sunday for the move of the bear, which was installed outside the downtown FAO Schwarz in 1995 and was sold as part of the toy store chain's bankruptcy proceedings.
An hour and a half later, the bear was unbolted and loaded onto a flatbed truck for a ferry ride across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island, where it was placed on a concrete platform.
The most eager and anxious spectator was Doug Hartley, 47, a teacher at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle who bid $11,800 for the bear on eBay and paid another $8,000 for the move to First Years, his family's day care center.