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Bear With Me  by Deborah Tirico
Ever wonder how the honey bear got its name? There are actually 2 different species of honey bear, both of which have a chevron- or crescent-shaped patch of light-colored fur on their upper chests, which probably accounts for their sharing this name.
(1928). Illustrated by E. H. Shepard, the character Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a teddy bear owned by Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin.

In 1961, the family licensed the rights to Walt Disney productions who released numerous animated productions starring Winnie the Pooh that include television series and full feature movies. Pooh also appears at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meet-able child friendly character.

Pooh-related merchandise has been reported to bring the Walt Disney Company approximately 1 billion dollars a year … now that is sweet!

No one has made more money from stuffed honey bears than the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, personalizing bears for your sweetie-pie since 1981.  One of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order and Internet, the company handcrafts each of its bears and produces almost 500,000 bears each year.

In 2005, the company launched a new sister company, Gift Bag Boutique, which offers handbags and purses along with many make-up accessories. Along with PajamaGram, which sells gift pajamas, and TastyGram, which offers gourmet food gifts, the creation of this sister company brought the total number of companies under the Vermont Teddy Bear umbrella to five. Now that’s a lot of money, honey!
("I'm smarter than the average bear!"), although he often overestimates his own cleverness. Yogi boasts a most distinguished career and has been featured in comic books, cartoons, video games, feature length movies, television cartoons and shows, DVD’s, theme parks and restaurants.
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Yogi Bear
Sun Bear, frequently called Honey Bear,  the smallest member of the bear family

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a retailer that sells customizable teddy bears and other stuffed animals. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, it is the largest create-your-own animal service, with regional and/or locally-owned operations. The company's motto is "Where Best Friends Are Made".

Smokey the Bear is a mascot of the United States Forest Service, created to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires.
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Care Bears are a set of characters created by American Greetings in 1981 for use on greeting cards. The original artwork for the cards was painted by artist Elena Kucharik. In 1983, Kenner turned the Care Bears into plush teddy bears.

Russ Berrie, Boyd Bear, Gund, Aurora, Bearington Bears are a small sampling of the tremendous number of companies world wide manufacturing teddy bears.
The Sun Bear, found primarily in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia stands approximately 4 ft tall, making it the smallest member in the bear family. Despite its small size, the Sun Bear possesses a long, slender tongue, ranging from 8 to 10 inches in length which the bear uses to extract honey from beehives. Now we know where the inspiration for Pooh Bear comes from.

The Sloth Bear also known as the Lip Bear, is native to the lowland forests of India and Pakistan and also has a fondness for honey causing it to be nicknamed the Honey Bear. It is not unusual for a Sloth Bear to scale an occasional tree to knock down a bee honeycomb, which it will then enjoy on the ground below.
Smokey Bear's message "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" was created in 1944 by the Ad Council. In a recent study, 95% of those surveyed could finish the sentence when given the first words. I’d say that was a successfully packaged Honey bear ad campaign.

And who could forget Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear, who appears in animated cartoons. Debuting in 1958 as a supporting character in The Huckleberry Hound
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Original poster art for Smoky the Bear campaign from 1944
Show, he was the first break-out character created by Hanna-Barbera Studios, and was eventually more popular than Huckleberry Hound!  Yogi Bear is well-known for a variety of different catch phrases, including his pet name for picnic baskets ("pic-a-nic baskets") and his favorite self-promotion
The most famous honey bear is of course Winnie-the-Pooh, a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner
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