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Boy Who Lost Stuffed Tiger At Tampa International Airport Finds Tiger Stayed Very Busy


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Jun 16, 2008
Well done, those at KTPA!

Boy Who Lost Stuffed Tiger At Airport Finds Tiger Stayed Very Busy
June 17, 2015 11:34 AM ET

If a boy named Owen suspects his stuffed tiger named Hobbes has a secret life, the staff of Tampa International Airport won't disagree. Owen recently lost Hobbes at the airport — and when he reclaimed the tiger, he also received photos of Hobbes touring the facility.

Owen, 6, had flown from Florida to Texas. His mother, Amanda Lake, says that for much of the trip, Owen was preoccupied with whether his tiger was OK.

"Hobbes is one of a kind. He was made by hand by his aunt who lives in Houston," Lake tells the Tampa Bay Times.

Not only was Hobbes OK, but after he was found by the airport's janitorial crew, the operations staff decided to take the tiger for some gelato and on behind-the-scenes tours of the airport. Hobbes also stopped by a hotel and played Jenga.

When Owen returned from Texas, he was reunited with Hobbes and given a bound book of photographs that showed what his tiger had been up to.

It was all the brainchild of Airport Operations Center Manager Tony D'Aiuto, who says he used a coupon to make the photo book at a drugstore. The story is drawing wide attention — after all, it's rather rare to see a heartwarming story emerge from an airport, particularly at the start of the summer travel season.

"It was very, very sweet," Lake said in a news release from the airport. "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.

"Thank you to everyone at Tampa International Airport who took such great care of Hobbes. It was such a nice surprise."

On the airport's Facebook post about the story, the top-rated comment is from a woman who wrote, "What a great story. What a great airport" — to which the airport replied, "Thanks mom!"

Now.. who's up for a Calvin & Hobbes binge?!? :D



Jul 18, 2013


macrumors 601
Jan 24, 2005
St. Louis, MO
My sister was going to get her daughter a handmade Hobbes from etsy. The best looking one was nearly $100. I told her to go for it, but her husband nixed the idea, saying it was too much to spend on a stuffed animal. Sure, on a stuffed animal. But on a Hobbes?!

(I know they can be had much cheaper, but I wouldn't want to settle for less than the most authentic looking one.)
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