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November 10, 2015 Calgary Zoo

The adventures of Baby Meow

Jaxson and Baby Meow are together again. The pair of friends go to the pumpkin patch together.

It’s a heartwarming story about a little boy and his friend being reunited. Warning… this might make you “awwwwwwww.”

Jaxson, a young boy who lives in British Columbia, had a favourite stuffed friend named Baby Meow. According to his mother, Jaxson took Baby Meow everywhere with him- until one day, his special friend went missing.

As Meow was originally purchased at the Calgary Zoo, Jaxson’s mother gave our retail manager a call hoping to find a replacement for the little stuffed tiger. Perhaps Baby Meow could be travelling, and could return home to Jaxson when he was done with his trip?

 Calls like this are not unusual, but Manager Kathryn quickly recognized that the specific feline stuffed animal was no longer sold in the gift shop. However, it was Jaxson’s lucky day; Kathryn knew someone who might be able to assist her search.

She contacted an old representative for the company that made the stuffed animal, and the hunt was on! The representative did know of the stuffie. The particular type was discontinued, but she was able to call in a favour.

Much to Kathryn’s delight, the representative was not only able to find another version of the Baby Meow stuffie, but had created a backstory for the toy’s “trip”. This included a letter from Baby Meow during his ‘trip’ and postcards from the different places that he had ‘travelled’. A very exciting package was then out in the mail and began its final trip to B.C. The zoo soon received this note from Jaxson’s mom.

Baby Meow arrives back home to Jaxson with a letter and postcards of his travels.

Baby Meow arrives back home to Jaxson with a letter and postcards of his travels.

Reunited- Jaxson gives Baby Meow a welcome home hug.

Reunited- Jaxson gives Baby Meow a welcome home hug.

“I am in tears writing this, you are amazing! We received your package in the mail today and I am so overwhelmed by the kindness of putting together a letter and postcards to Jaxson from Baby Meow. So unbelievably touched.”

“You did not have to do any of that, but it made the moment so, so, so special! I had been telling Jaxson that Baby Meow was away traveling and there was nothing more perfect than what was put together! Jaxson is OVER THE MOON! We made a special trip to the mailbox this afternoon and Jaxson has not let Baby Meow go for a moment since then!! Attached is a picture so you can see his happiness for yourself! Again, I cannot thank you enough for all of the work you put in to finding this special stuffie for Jaxson, you went above and beyond.”

This little story has a happy ending- Jaxson has been reunited with his good friend and is thrilled. We’re so pleased that Jaxson’s mother contacted us, and that we could help our zoo friend. While Baby Meow went travelling for a while, he’s now home to stay.

Jaxson takes Baby Meow for a ride on a tractor.

Jaxson takes Baby Meow for a ride on a tractor.

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