TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Two stuffed animals that were left behind after a children’s show at a local theater are becoming social media celebrities that stardom helped their owners track them down.
A deer and a stingray were left behind after the curtains closed.
Thanks to the power of social media, they’ll soon be reunited with a 2-year-old and 4-year-old who miss them dearly, but not before staff took them on an adventure.
It was likely during Laurie Berkner’s performance of “Pig on Her Head” that a deer and stingray danced away and were left behind at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, where staff decided this was no ordinary case of lost and found.
“A few of our staff members actually have children and they understand the importance of the relationship between the plush toys,” said Director of Marketing Karen Good.
The unlikely pair formed a relationship of their own as they embarked on an adventure, playing piano on stage, keeping the music hall’s executive director company and even primping in the mirror backstage fully enjoying their time in the spotlight.
Their journey was posted on Facebook with this plea: We’re lost, can you help us?
“We’ve had hundreds of shares, people writing well wishes, hoping that these two get home for the holidays, it’s been really lovely to see the response,”
The post, particularly the deer, caught the eye of Meghan, mom of 2-year-old Adaline.
“I was just scrolling through Facebook [Wednesday] night and I saw the picture of it and then it hit me, I didn’t even realize before that,” Meghan said.
Meanwhile the mother of 4-year-old Ava had been feverishly searching online for a stingray look-alike. when she recognized her daughter’s beloved toy.
“She got it at the Tampa Lowrie Park Zoo earlier this year and it’s been her favorite since and she kept saying she lost it, she lost it, and we couldn’t find it, we just thought it was gone,” Ava’s mother explained.
Both moms are thrilled to learn their girls’ stuffed friends would be coming home with stories to tell.
“That was so fun and so sweet that they took the time to even want to find its owner, that was so nice, it’s definitely a fun staff there,”
Staff has to admit they’ll be sad to see their friends go but are happy they could lift the spirits of not only the girls, but those only starved for a feel-good story.