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“Skipper” is the name of the Floating Hospital for Children’s three-ton bronze bear mascot


Boston, Mass. – The former FAO Schwarz bronze teddy bear that now “lives” in front of Floating Hospital for Children got it's name, "Skipper" through a contest.

Michael Harlow, age “nine and three quarters,” of Newton submitted the winning name suggestion. His entry was selected from among hundreds of school children’s submissions to a special “Name That Bear!” web site. Harlow will receive a family day at Canobie Lake Park in addition to the distinction of having named the bear.

“I liked the name ‘Skipper’ because the Floating Hospital used to be a boat,” said Harlow, who was unable to attend the naming celebration due to end-of-school conflicts. “I thought ‘Skipper’ was the right name for the bear.”

Skipper was introduced to the public at a naming celebration at the bear’s current home in front of the Floating Hospital entrance, 755 Washington Street. The three-ton, 12-foot-tall bear was awarded to the Floating Hospital following a citywide contest more than a year ago.


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit