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Brandi Jewett, Forum Communications, Published September 07 2012

Kidnapped teddy bear tweets about party life

GRAND FORKS – He may not be as famous as Yogi or Winnie the Pooh, but Bumble the teddy bear is gaining notoriety after being kidnapped from the classroom of a University of North Dakota professor.

Bumble turned out to be smarter than the average bear, starting a Twitter account and professing his love for partying instead of picnic baskets or honey.

So far, the party bear has posted pictures of himself drinking Bud Light Platinum and warming up for beer pong.

He also promised to upload a video of his kidnapping.

It all began when a young man snatched Bumble from Dorothy Keyser’s 10 a.m. Introduction to Music class in a lecture bowl at Hughes Fine Arts Center on campus Wednesday.

Keyser, her teaching assistant and about 180 students watched as the man ran down the stairs, plucked the bear from the seat he has occupied for more than 10 years and hurried outside to a waiting getaway vehicle.

The kidnapping – which Bumble referred to as a “surprise adoption” on Twitter – was reported to UND police.

“Huge shoutout to my boy in the sombrero for snatching me up and changing my life for the better,” Bumble tweeted.

Keyser said Wednesday she wanted the bear back but found the situation humorous; she could not be reached for comment Friday. She figured it was a student prank and others told her the bear may make an appearance on a float in today’s Potato Bowl Parade.

Instead, Bumble resurfaced as the sharp-tongued author of a Twitter account.

The account, @Dorothysbear, has attracted almost 700 followers since its inaugural tweet was posted around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The bear – who is soliciting Twitter users to come up with a new name for him – is making use of his newfound freedom and celebrity status.

The Twittersphere has already called for Bumble to be named UND’s new mascot and homecoming king. President of the United States is another position being thrown around by followers.

As for being reunited with Keyser, it seems Bumble is content with being out on his own.

“So glad I finally have the freedom to express myself via social networking. #seeyaneverdorothy,” he tweeted.

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Brandi Jewett writes for the Grand Forks Herald