A Monaro Ribbon Gum that first started attracting teddy bears in June 2017 has picked up a new tenant in the last week.
With the naturally colourful tree developing its winter coat, a pink and green alien has been nailed into the trunk about 10 metres off the ground.
The original koala bear sits comfortably in a hollow the National Parks and Wildlife Service suggests could be 100 to 200 years old.
One bear became three in February this year, although the white polar bear who moved in during summer looks to have had a topple in recent times and now sits arse up to the traffic.
The fourth teddy added this week builds to the speculation and mystery around the tree, which grows overlooking the eastbound lane of the Monaro Highway near Nimmitabel.
It seems the tree’s presence in the landscape has always made it a marker on the trip between Canberra and the coast. The last time teddies were added, some described them as litter and a blight on the natural environment.
Stopping to document and inspect the latest arrival, I noticed some more native inhabitants, a nest of sticks high in the branches of the tree, about 50 metres off the ground.
A bird of prey perhaps?
Traffic below speeds by at 100km/hr, hard to fully take in the growing collection, but clearly, something is happening – people are going out of their way to create and add to this talking point.
What will winter and snow traffic bring? Travellers will watch on in with interest.
What do you know about the Monaro Teddy Tree?
*This article was first published on RiotACT