My daughter is so attached to her stuffed bear, she dresses him every day and talks to him as if he is a real person. So I can imagine the pain another child felt upon losing a cherished stuffed elephant. But what Photoshop users on the Internet did to help ease that separation anxiety, however, was almost worth the anguish.
The toy elephant's epic journey to far off places began when user kontankarite posted to Reddit, "Friend's son lost his favorite toy. Parents said the elephant is traveling around the world. Would love to share images of his travels with the son."
Other users soon started posting images of the elephant photoshopped in different locales across the globe—and beyond.
He visited Asia, and truly immersed himself in the local culture.
The little stuffed elephant also took in the sights of Rome.
And New York City.
The beloved toy even made it to the moon...
...and enjoyed a deep-sea adventure.
I can only imagine how delighted the child was upon seeing the missing toy wasn't lost in a ditch somewhere. And as if these images weren't enough, according to Cheezburger.com, someone even found the exact elephant on eBay so the child's parents could purchase a replacement. For when he's done with his travels, of course.
Just when I thought the Internet was just a collection of mean trolls waiting to pounce on anyone and anything with hurtful comments, this story has restored my faith in humanity!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.