When a 6-year-old boy named Owen Lake accidentally left his beloved stuffed tiger Hobbes at Tampa International Airport Saturday morning, airport officials found it and produced a scrapbook of photos showing the toy posing in different parts of the facility. The scrapbook was then presented to the boy’s family when they returned from a trip to Houston.
In a statement, Tony D’Aiuto, the airport operations center manager, said he reassured Owen’s mother Amanda Lake that the toy was “on an adventure,” which included hanging out “outside by the air traffic control tower, buying gelato, working out at the employee gym, playing Jenga in the USO, hanging out with the firefighters, napping in a hammock by the Marriott pool, riding a luggage cart.”
The photos brought the boy’s mother to tears. “It was very, very sweet,” she said. “It was nice to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure.”