British Airways staff have reunited a little boy with his teddy bear – just in time for Easter.
Woody Cranmer, just eight months old, was devastated after leaving his beloved bear “Pooh” behind in while visiting his grandfather in Argentina, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
The bear was an heirloom – not just a child’s toy. Pooh had been given to Woody’s father when he was a baby, so had a bit of vintage, being about three decades old.
The Cranmers, based in Britain, turned to social media when they found Pooh was missing; left behind in South America.
One thing led to another, and the Cranmers’ plea was spotted by BA’s team in Buenos Aires. They went to work and hunted down the missing bear.
The story worked for everyone, the airline, the little boy and the parents. Pooh enjoyed special treatment on his 7400-kilometre trip home, including his own gold executive club card, the Mail reported.
Woody’s father said: “We were eternally grateful to British Airways for finding him and returning him to my little boy.”
Footnote for trivia fans: Another famous bear, Paddington, came from South America – from “Darkest Peru” to be precise. “I came all the way in a lifeboat, and ate marmalade,” Paddington said.
Written by Peter Needham