New Zealand embraces teddies to help make lockdown bear-able

In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo, a teddy bear hangs upside down in a window of a house in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders are embracing an international movement in which people are placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and give children a game to play by spotting the bears in their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are embracing an international movement in which people are placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and give children a game to play. The inspiration comes from a children’s book. In New Zealand, Deb Hoffman started a Facebook page and set up a website where more than 120,000 people have now put pins on an online map to show the location of their bears. New Zealand last week began a four-week lockdown but people are still allowed outside to exercise if they keep a safe distance from each other.