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Boy gets teddy bear back after its great adventure

For The Win logo For The Win 2/22/2019 David Strege

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A 5-year-old boy and his teddy bear were reunited Wednesday after the stuffed animal was inadvertently left behind recently in a rental cabin at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Upon getting home in Columbia, S.C., the McDaniel family called the park to see if the forgotten teddy bear was still there and, sure enough, the park's staff found it.

But before sending the bear back to Thompson McDaniel, park rangers gave the bear a ranger hat and took it on an adventure throughout the park.

Assistant Park Manager Amanda Jenkins told Myrtle Beach Online that a woman in the park office had suggested staff members take the bear on its own mini-vacation.

"We wanted to show how much fun the bear had on his little mini-vacation," Jenkins told Myrtle Beach Online.

Using the box the family sent the park for the bear's return, rangers put the bear, photos of its adventure and the bear's new ranger hat inside and sent it to Thompson.

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Thompson promptly renamed the bear Mr. Junior Ranger Bear, Greg McDaniel, the boy's father, told Myrtle Beach Online.

"When he saw the photos, he said, 'bear went fishing,'" McDaniel said.

The boy then wrote a thank you note to the park saying, "Thank you for keeping my bear for a few days-Thompson."

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"I will say I'm not surprised by this genuine act of kindness," Kaley Lawrimore of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources told FTW Outdoors. "The good folks at Myrtle Beach State Park not only returned Thompson's bear to him, but also gave him a happy memory that he'll always associate with one of our many great state parks.

"It's always heartwarming to see these good deeds play out, especially when they involve such impressionable children. I hope Thompson continues to take his stuffed bear on many more adventures around the state."

Photos courtesy of Myrtle Beach State Park.

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