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“ Props to Tampa Airport and Tony D'Aiuto--you just went a long way towards restoring my faith in mankind. (It doesn't take much for me.) ”

LindaWagner NPR2015-06-17T15:47:00.000Z


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“ Now THIS was a GREAT STORY! :) ”

Mr Natural NPR2015-06-17T15:58:00.000Z


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“ Faith in humanity restored! ”

matt dellavajordan NPR2015-06-17T15:41:00.000Z

NPR2015-06-18T23:34:15.000Z

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.

Hobbes poses for a photo with a member of the airport's tarmac emergency crew. The tiger was safely reunited with his young owner — along with a photo album of his exploits.

Hobbes poses for a photo with a member of the airport's tarmac emergency crew. The tiger was safely reunited with his young owner — along with a photo album of his exploits.

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