A teddy bear who was jailed in Sudan last November has started a new life away from the public eye after months of uncertainty over his fate. At one point he feared for his life as Sudanese prosecutors pushed for the death penalty to be applied to his case. However, officials in the African country have now released the bear as the court found that he was a victim of circumstances beyond his control.
The bear, formerly known as 'Mohammed' but now living under an assumed identity was secretly flown out of Sudan after giving evidence in the trial of a ten year old boy who had taken the bear home from a Khartoum school. Police rounded up both boy and bear shortly afterwards, but the bear was released after agreeing to appear for the prosecution against the ten year old, who was later hanged.
Former children's TV star Bungle, who was forced to end his career on Rainbow after being implicated in a sex and drugs scandal, spent ten years in witness protection due to a series of as. He suggested that Bear A could have cosmetic work to disguise his appearance.
"There is a huge amount that a bear can do to change the way he looks. His ears may be resized and stitch work can be altered. Ultimately this guy will want to hide himself as well as possible. Prejudice against bears, even innocent ones, is rife across the world."
With large bear populations in North America, Russia and Toys R Us, 'Bear A' has a range of locations available to him. Whether or not he will be able to return to a normal life after the events of the last few months is uncertain.