Monday 19 March 2018

Little girl gets her Christmas wish after she is reunited with lost teddy

Pluto the bear, who was lost on December 23 Credit: O’Mahony’s Booksellers Facebook
Pluto the bear, who was lost on December 23 Credit: O’Mahony’s Booksellers Facebook

David Kearns

A little girl and her favourite teddy were reunited after the floppy-eared companion was left behind in a bookstore.

In a story worthy of Pixar, Pluto the bear spent ten lonely nights over the Christmas break perched on the customer service desk of O’Mahony’s Booksellers in Limerick City.

On the morning of Christmas Eve the store took to Facebook to trace the owner of a “little fella… left behind” on December 23.

“Does anyone recognise him? We would love to reunite him with his family,” the post said.

The stuffed bear did not have too long to wait as on New Year’s Day the father of his lost owner saw the post and got in touch with the store.

“His name is Pluto. This is our 3 year old daughters. We were in the shop on 23rd Dec. we'll call in tomorrow to collect him. Thanks,” wrote Tony Maher.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, mum Linda Maher, from Bohermore, Ballysimon, said that her three-year-old daughter Niamh had had spent her life with the bear and that its absence had not gone unnoticed.

“Each night when she was going to bed, Niamh would bring Pluto with her. We were looking for him when she was going to bed,” she said.

“She takes him everywhere with her. She kept asking for him. She didn’t cry. I think, with all the new stuff she got for Christmas, that she was distracted.

She continued: “[Still] in every photo, Pluto is in it and if you ask the names of who is in the family, Pluto is always mentioned.”

Pluto was given to Ms Maher by her mother Carmel as a baby shower gift when she was pregnant.

“Thank you so much for all your efforts in finding Niamh & reuniting her with Pluto,” she wrote on O’Mahony’s Booksellers Facebook after Pluto was safety returned.

“Thank you… we really appreciated what you did. X”

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