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Feel-good story of the year: Ah Ah's backSeptember 10, 2012 @ 1:51 am (Updated: 9:13 am - 9/11/12 )
For his first birthday, Liam received a bright blue monkey toy. With lanky arms and legs, it wasn't the most cuddly stuffed animal, but it was a special one from his grandparents.
Think back to your childhood, or when your kids were little. Remember one special toy?
Three years ago, on a camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado Liam lost his blue monkey he named Ah Ah.
The family looked and called everywhere they stopped on their trip, 500 miles away from their home in Omaha, Nebraska. But they couldn't locate Liam's favorite stuffed animal.
They also couldn't replace the stuffed animal. Liam had cut the tag off. They didn't know which company made it. It was gone for good.
Time went on, Liam grew older, it seemed like he'd gotten over the loss.
Liam's mother never gave up searching for Ah Ah.
Recently, while searching eBay for another item, she typed in "blue monkey."
She was stunned when she saw another monkey that looked like the one her little boy lost.
She bought it, thinking it would make him smile to have a replacement for her son's lost Ah Ah.
When the monkey arrived in the mail from Florida, the mother saw it had singed hair on top of its head, just like Ah Ah.
She saw there was a jagged cut where her son had snipped Ah Ah's tag years before.
She was almost convinced that Ah Ah had come home but just needed to do one more thing to make sure: show the animal to Liam.
What you see on this video has been fact checked.
Watch Liam's ah-ha moment as he is reunited with Ah Ah.
How did Ah Ah get to Florida?
"If only that monkey could talk," says Tammy Staveley, the woman who sold Ah Ah on eBay for $29.99
She tells me she found the monkey in a second-hand store for her business, reselling items online. So, we may never know who discovered the stuffed animal and took it to Florida.
By LINDA THOMAS
Photo, screen grab from the original eBay listing on August 29, 2012 from Lost Loves Toy Chest in Largo, Florida
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