Strange, but apparently true:
Stuffed Toy Clogged Hatchery Drain
(CBS) MILFORD, N.H. A teddy bear dropped into a pool at a New Hampshire fish hatchery killed all 2,500 rainbow trout living in the pool.
Fish and Game Department hatcheries supervisor Robert Fawcett said the teddy bear, dressed in a yellow rain coat and hat, clogged a drain earlier this month at the Milford hatchery, blocking oxygen flow to the pool, and suffocating the fish.
Fawcett said the fish were worth a total of $1,232.50.
In a statement, Fawcett said “RELEASE OF ANY TEDDY BEARS into fish hatchery water IS NOT PERMITTED.” He urged anybody who drops objects into a hatchery pool, to find an employee to remove it. “They might save your teddy bear, and keep it from becoming a killer,” he said.
Fawcett told the Concord Monitor that in the past, frogs and dead muskrats were known to block the drain, but this is the first time a teddy bear has killed hatchery fish.
Police are not involved.
Fawcett said the fish are raised for fisheries management, to provide a recreational fishing opportunity for people who purchase a fishing license.
Well, if police are not involved, then I guess the killer teddy bear is still at large. Be careful out there! Especially if you are a trout.
(Hat tip: Dave Barry.)