This Funny Photo Led to a Happy Reunion

Stuffed lion 'Kitty' went missing on a remote trail in Oregon, is now back home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2018 8:17 AM CDT
This photo provided by Holly Spaman shows a small stuffed lion she found along the Broken Top Trail near Bend, Ore. 'Kitty' is now back home.   (Holly Spaman via AP)

(Newser) – A little girl who lost her beloved stuffed lion in the Oregon backcountry was reunited with her favorite toy over the weekend after a community effort. Hiker Holly Spaman ran into 7-year-old Audrianna Flores and her family as they descended Broken Top Trail on July 16 on their way back from a hike to the remote No Name Lake. The distraught girl told Spaman about her lost stuffed lion, Kitty, which had fallen out of her mother's backpack unnoticed during the trek, the mother, Erin Allen, tells the AP. Spaman didn't think she'd find the toy in such a vast wilderness, but she kept her eyes peeled and spotted Kitty a few miles later. She didn't have the family's name or number, so she put Kitty on a rock and snapped a photo in front of the jagged peaks of Broken Top Mountain and later posted it online.

"Yesterday late afternoon I met a sweet child on Broken Top Trail to No Name Lake who asked me to keep an eye out for her stuffed animal," Spaman wrote. "Guess what? I found it! If anyone knows this kiddo, please help us connect." Spaman's friends forwarded her note, which was then passed on to complete strangers as everyone tried to reconnect the girl with her lost lion. The Bulletin, the local newspaper in Bend, joined the search and after almost a week of community effort, a very happy Audrianna was reunited with Kitty on Saturday. "This has been truly amazing—all of the kind people out there in this world," Allen says.

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