This morning in Yorkshire a little girl named Phoebe Simpson opened a shoebox that contained, to her, the most precious thing in the world.
Her stuffed lion, Roar, whom she had thought lost forever.
Roar has arrived safely in Yorkshire! Just received this from Phoebe's dad... pic.twitter.com/Yr4ziRiyPX— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 17, 2013
The story of how Roar made his way back to Phoebe is the internet at it's warm and fuzzy finest.
It all began on Friday when a young London dweller named Lauren Bishop Vranch tweeted the below pic.
En route to Newcastle for the night, she'd happened upon a stuffed animal in her train carriage.
Found this well loved little dude on an East Coast train at Kings Cross - let's find the owner, Twitter! pic.twitter.com/nKB5CMkApM— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
Lauren wanted to harness the power of the internet to reunite the evidently much-loved bear - for at this point, a bear she thought it was - with its owner.
She was going to keep him safe and drop him back to the station
Little bear will be collectible from Kings Cross lost property from 4pm tmrw.— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
But first… he was going to have some fun.
Prior to his return to the safety of Kings Cross, little bear will be having some adventures in Newcastle.— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
So Lauren and her new furry friend found shelter from the winter winds of Newcastle in the nearest pub.
Little bear has found a cosy pub with a fire and a Christmas tree. Think he misses home tho. pic.twitter.com/CeNmpK5iaQ— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
And settled into their digs for the night.
Little bear has found a nice hotel to stay in. Tho the more I look at him, the more he looks like a dog. pic.twitter.com/69CstuhsBK— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
Before hitting the town for some theatrical treats.
Bear has found his way backstage at Northern Stage Newcastle. He's going to see some panto. Lucky bear. pic.twitter.com/8WJnzmdCvo— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 13, 2013
The next morning, the duo ambled about the city before it was time to again catch a train southwards.
By this stage, a wistul bear/lion was wondering what was to become of him, and were his family missing him?
Back in London - a snag! *dramatic music*
Would the poor little guy ever get home?
A bit of telly to take his mind off things.
In the meantime, news of his adventures had spread around the internet.
Finally, a breakthrough!
Not a bear, but a lion! A lion named Roar! Who had gotten separated from his owner Phoebe during a surprise trip to London with her and her dad.
All's well that ends well.
I spoke to Phoebe's dad this morning and Roar is now on his way to Yorkshire to be reunited. Thanks to everyone who RTed and shared.— Lauren Bishop Vranch (@laurenannbishop) December 16, 2013
And today, Roar was back where he belonged.
Sometimes it's just brilliant.
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