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Soft landing for Teddy

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 1:01am

It’s a happy ending in the story of the teddy bear who captured everyone’s hearts on social media last week.

Things were looking grizzly for Teddy, the cuddly toy who was left stranded when his travelling companions took off from Cork Airport recently.

But he has been reunited with his owner, two year old Anna, thanks to the efforts of some savvy social media fans.

Airport staff posted pictures of a sorry-looking Teddy on Facebook last week in a bid to find his owner.

His plight struck a chord with thousands of Facebook users in Ireland and as far afield as the US and China, who shared the photos on the social network.

These efforts paid off when it emerged that Anna, whose family is originally from Cork, left Teddy behind when returning to Amsterdam after a trip home.

Her furry friend flew from Cork to Amsterdam on Sunday, just over a week after he was found at the airport, to join Anna and her family. Teddy was afforded more than the bear necessities during his time at the airport, said the airport’s Managing Director Niall MacCarthy.

“We looked after Teddy as well as we look after all our customers – with care and attention,” he said.

“The response we have received to Teddy’s story has been astonishing and he has been turned into somewhat of a social media superstar. It is truly heart-warming, the efforts made by strangers to find Teddy’s young owner and reunite him with her. He has literally been around the world and back again in 80 hours!”

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