Sunday 4 December 2016

Lost teddy bear at Swedish hotel becomes internet sensation

Published 01/10/2016 | 10:28

Balli enjoys breakfast Credit: Facebook
Balli enjoys breakfast Credit: Facebook

A teddy bear which was left outside the Hotel Avalon in Gothenburg has taken the internet by storm.

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The bear, which was left without any clues to its identity, was rescued by Kristoffer Kinnunen, the office manager.

Balli by the pool Credit: Facebook
Balli by the pool Credit: Facebook

In an attempt to find the toy’s owner, he published a series of pictures of the bear being given VIP treatment on the hotel’s Facebook page.

"The bear is feeling well under the circumstances and is resting in Arne Jacobsen's iconic chair 'The Egg'. But he misses his owner, so please get in touch if you recognise him," he wrote.

Thanks to social media it was possible to see the teddy tucked up in bed, enjoying a croissant for breakfast, relaxing in the lounge and sitting by the pool.

More than 4,000 people shared the pictures as the global search for the owner intensified.

Balli reunited with Móa
Balli reunited with Móa

In fact the bear, whose name was Balli, had been left at the hotel by Móa, a two-year-old Icelandic girl who had been in Sweden on holiday.

Móa was distraught at losing her beloved bear and her mother rang a succession of stores hoping to find the cherished toy.

All came to a happy end when an Icelandic paper ran the story about the search for the bear’s missing owner.

Balli, who perhaps slightly reluctantly checked out of the hotel, was reunited with Móa last weekend.

Belfast Telegraph

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