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SLIDESHOW: Hobbes' Great Adventure at the Tampa International Airport

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NOTE: All images provided by the Tampa International Airport.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When a 6-year-old boy accidentally left his favorite stuffed tiger, Hobbes, at the Tampa International Airport, airport employees quickly found and returned him -- but not before taking him on a little adventure.

A news release from the Tampa International Airport tells the story. According to the release, the mother of 6-year-old Owen called the airport's Lost and Found department reporting that the stuffed animal was missing.

A janitorial services employee found the tiger, and Airport Operations Center Manager Tony D'Aiuto decided to take him on a tour of the airport, shooting images of the adventure at every step.

D'Aiuto shot pictures of Hobbes outside the air traffic control tower, buying gelato, working out at the employee gym, playing Jenga, hanging out with firefighters and riding in a luggage cart.

D'Aiuto said all of the images were taken during his lunch hour.

"I pitched this idea a couple of months ago after I saw a similar idea where someone took a stuffed lion around a museum," D'Auito said, according to the news release. "This seemed like the perfect opportunity."

D'Aiuto had a coupon code to make a hardbound photo book at Walgreens, so he made a storyline to go with the photos.

The family picked Hobbes up at the airport on June 11. Owen's mother cried when she saw the book, according to the news release.

"It was very, very sweet," she said, according to the release. "We already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure, so it was nice to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on adventure...thank you to everyone at Tampa International Airport who took such great care of Hobbes. It was such a nice surprise."

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