The Race To Save World's Biggest Teddy Bear Fence
A last ditch effort is underway to halt the removal of 2,000 teddy bears strung up along a fence on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.
The iconic teddy bear fence is set to be pulled down in a week, amid concerns it could cause cars to crash along the 100 km/h Copper Coast Highway.
Located between the towns of Paskeville and Kulpara, the fence was first started by radio and television presenter Andrew 'Cosi' Costello and his family, and has since become the longest teddy bear fence in the world.
"I started it with my two daughters like two years ago. We stuck three bears on the fence and it has grown and grown and grown," he said on Hit107's Bec and Cosi show on Monday morning.
The display is now over a kilometre long, but it could soon be gone forever.
"We've got about a week to go, before actual D-Day... when the teddy bears won't have their picnic, because they'll be plucked off the fence one by one and incinerated!"
There are fears the display could cause an accident on the highway, as it's a distraction for drivers and some cars slow down to well below the 100km/h hour speed limit to admire the teddy bears.
Cosi hopes to move the fence to a safer location where families can safely admire the bears.
It's a move even the South Australian Premier is getting behind.
"I said why don't we actually look at putting it in those bays where people actually pull into? we're going to be looking at this very carefully," Premier Steven Marshall told Bec and Cosi last week.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll says the display has become a popular tourist attraction for the area.
"We're going to sit down with stakeholders and get a better understanding of what we can do to ensure we can keep these bears as a tourism attraction for the region," he said via a statement on Monday.
Cosi started a poll on his Facebook page to see how South Australians feel about the fence, and more than 23,000 users have responded. Of that, 90 percent have voted for the fence to remain.
Feature image: South Aussie With Cosi
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