Florida airport takes boy’s lost stuffed animal tiger on great adventure

Courtesy: ABC News

TAMPA, Fla. (WKRN) – A stuffed animal tiger named Hobbes recently went on a ‘great adventure’ at the Tampa International Airport in Florida after his young owner accidentally left him behind.

Owen Lake, 6, traveled to Houston with his parents earlier this month, and was upset after he realized he lost Hobbes, the airport told ABC News affiliate WFTS.

The airport helped reunited Owen and Hobbes last Thursday after the boy flew back to Tampa. Upon his arrival, airport staff presented Owen with a photo book of his tiger’s wild adventures at the airport while he was away from his owner.

The book was filled with pictures of Hobbes in various areas of the airport, including a shot of him napping in a hammock by the Marriott pool, checking out the ice cream selection and riding a luggage cart.

The photographs were captioned with things like, “Can’t lose these fantastic muscles while I’m on vacation!” as Hobbes posed while working out at the airport’s employee gym,.

“I pitched this idea a couple of months ago after I saw a similar idea where someone took a stuffed lion around a museum,” Airport Operations Center manager Tony D’Aiuto, who added that all of the photos were taken during his lunch hour, told ABC News.

“It was very, very sweet,” said Owen’s mother, Amanda Lake, who cried when staff showed up with the hardbound book.

“We already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure, so it was nice to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure.”

 

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