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Stuffed tiger goes on a wild adventure at Tampa International Airport

A stuffed tiger named Hobbes went on a

A stuffed tiger named Hobbes went on a wild adventure at Tampa International Airport after his 6-year-old owner Owen accidentally left him behind. Photo Credit: Facebook / Tampa International Airport

In a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip come to life, a stuffed tiger went on a wild adventure after his 6-year-old owner accidentally left it behind. 

Owen was traveling to Houston with his parents when he left Hobbes in a play area after boarding his flight, Tampa International Airport writes on Facebook. When he realized Hobbes was missing, his mom frantically called TIA's lost and found department asking for their assistance.

"The call set into motion a dispatch to various employees throughout the airport," TIA wrote.

The search was on.

With many employees on the hunt, it wasn't long before Hobbes was found by a member of the janitorial crew. But, airport staff didn't want to leave the stuffed tiger in a box while he awaited his owner's return. Instead, they decided to take him on an exciting adventure.

TIA recruited police officers, janitors and other airport staff to take Hobbes to places he'd never been before. Bonus: They documented it all with adorable photographs.

While Owen was vacationing in Texas, Hobbes posed next to an air traffic control tower, cooled off with some ice cream, played Jenga, hung out with firefighters, cruised on a luggage cart and even relaxed poolside at the Marriott.

Operation manager Tony D'Auito was behind the adventurous photographs that popped up on the airport's Facebook page, CNN reports.

On June 11, Owen and his family returned to Tampa International to find not only a happy stuffed tiger, but also a photo book of precious memories. Manager James Parker gave Owen the book showing all the adventures Hobbes enjoyed while he was gone.

"It was very, very sweet," his mother, Amanda Lake, said in a news release. "Thank you to everyone who took such great care of Hobbes. It was such a nice surprise."


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