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Airport staff took a little boy's lost teddy on a wonderful adventure of its own

Hobbes didn’t get a holiday – but he got something better.

SIX-YEAR-OLD Owen was travelling with his parents from Tampa, Florida to Texas, but left something very important behind at the airport:

Just helping this guy deliver some luggage at ... Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

It was his favourite stuffed tiger, Hobbes. His parents asked the airport staff to put out a call for help and after a quick search of the building, Hobbes was found – but it was too late to send him on with his owner.

Staff decided to take Hobbes on his own adventure until Owen came back, and document it on Facebook:

Here he is checking out the Air Traffic Control Tower

Checking out the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower ... Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

And picking up some ice cream at the food hall

Mmmm ... gelato at Carrabba's. Blood orange ... Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

Hanging out with the firefighters

Hope my fur is non-flammable! Guess we'll find ... Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

Inspecting the airplanes

How do they keep these planes so shiny and clean? Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

And keeping an eye on things at the control centre

Broken toilet at Airside E? We're on it! Source: Tampa International Airport

Airport manager Tony D’Aiuto had the photos turned into a book, which was presented to Owen when he came back to pick up Hobbes.

At last, Owen returns for me and I get to show ... Source: Facebook/Tampa International Airport

Owen’s mother, Amanda Lake, said she cried when she saw it:

It was such a nice surprise. We already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure, so it was nice to get back and show him that [it was true].

Ahh. People ARE nice, aren’t they?

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