COVID-19 pandemic no match for Northam spirit as 'bear hunt' sees windows filled with toys

There might be unusual guests peering out of windows as you step outside for some fresh air today.

The latest movement to lift spirits amid the overbearing COVID-19 pandemic is a 'bear hunt'.

People around the world have started putting bears in their windows so families with children in self isolation can go on a bear hunt during a daily walk or drive.

It's a simple enough process: pop toy bears in their window sills, facing outwards, for people to spot on their walks around the neighbourhood.

Wheatbelt residents have joined in with locals from Northam putting bears in their windows.

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Kate Hayward-Waller, a mum in the Wheatbelt business hub of Northam, said she wanted to spread the idea to the town after seeing it spread joy in other areas.

"I had no idea it would spread so quickly - I'm honestly surprised at the response," she said.

"I thought while I'm keeping my boys home to keep them safe and healthy I would take the opportunity to teach them about doing something without expecting anything in return.

"At times like these it's just so important to remember the little things and that we are not alone in this.

"It really doesn't take much to spread joy and make someone smile."

On your next walk or drive around town look out for these bears and join the movement by putting your own teddy in the window.

To see a list of locations of bears involved in the Northam Bear Hunt see the Facebook page.

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