A giant dominatrix teddy bear wearing a leather mask and brandishing hand-cuffs has been banned from sober Zurich’s street display of man-sized model bears, the project’s artistic director said Tuesday. While tourists pose for snaps next to a brightly-painted and benign array of models such as the ‘schoolteacher bear’ and the ‘skier bear,’ ‘Baervers’ — a pun on the German for perverse — has been deemed too steamy for the financial capital’s streets. The bear appears here in a yard in Zurich, May 24, 2005.

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