Everyone knows that Santa’s favorite red-nosed reindeer knows how to fly. Unfortunately, his namesake, Rudolph, a beloved stuffed fawn belonging to 4-year-old Nico Lavallée, did not.
Sadly, Nico discovered that the hard way while walking with his mother, Brenda Duke, and his brothers Santiago, 2, and Sebastián, 6, when his little brother decided to test his throwing arm by throwing the “stuffed animal.” “On the railing next to the icy waters of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.
Unable to get his best friend back, Nico and his family revisited Rudolph more than once. Fortunately, the plush Bambi landed very close to a distance marker sign, so it wasn’t too difficult to find, but the prospects for a homecoming weren’t looking good.
After several days of falling snowflakes, the abandoned fawn began to slowly disappear under a white blanket, leaving only a telltale lump.
It was then that older brother Sebastian had an idea. During the pandemic, neighborhood social media had become a lifeline for a community cut off by the shutdown. Sebastian urged his mother to reach out to the neighbors to see if someone could help get Rudolph back.
Duke was skeptical at first. “I didn’t want to upset anyone. I don’t think anyone cares, “he said. CBC News.
But Sebastian convinced her to give it a try, so she took to Twitter.
“If anyone sees a ‘stuffed’ reindeer (I think it’s actually a fawn) when the channel opens my kids would appreciate it,” he tweeted with an attached photo showing Rudolph’s last known whereabouts circled in red.
“Little brother threw it away. I know it is unlikely as they now shovel the snow and it will be even more buried, but my 6 year old asked me to post here. Now they come to visit him on our daily walks; it’s the little mound you see. “
Hard as it was to believe, a mission was quickly mounted to rescue Rudolph. Even the National Capital Commission (NCC) signed, pledging to put its skating squad on the prowl.
After several hours of incessant searching, our brave team at NCC Skateway saved a stuffed deer from a very tragic end. You are now safe and sound while defrosting!
We meet a young owner who will be very happy to meet you. 😉🦌 pic.twitter.com/mGcImYFV1c
– RideauCanalSkateway (@NCC_Skateway) January 19, 2021
Lo and behold, in the blink of an eye from a vigilant crew member, Rudolph, though frozen and a little soaked, was no longer MIA.
After being thawed and fixed, the foolish prodigal was reunited with a cheerful Nico and his appreciative family at NCC headquarters.
Everything thawed and headed home! 💛
The stuffed deer heroically rescued by the NCC Skateway team has now reunited with his best friend. Smile everywhere! pic.twitter.com/kSZqTpkaVv
– RideauCanalSkateway (@NCC_Skateway) January 21, 2021
In a world riddled with so many negatives, it can be easy to lose sight of the positives. Sometimes you need to focus on small acts of kindness to put things in perspective.
“You just have to ask,” Duke said. “People care. Assuming it’s not something adults do … [My kids] We’re growing up knowing that other people support us and that other people care, and that’s really comforting. “
“This stuffed baby deer isn’t the only thing melting away,” seconded an observer named Monica Ward from her post on the Twitterverse, “so is my cold, cold heart.”
We’ll just file this bass, “I’m not crying; you’re crying, ”okay?
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