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Little Boy's Plush Bambi Saved From Frozen Canal By Helpful Strangers

Amy Pilkington 28 Jan 2021

Kids can be very particular about their toys and the accidental loss of a favorite can be devastating. Especially when you know where it is, but simply have no way of retrieving it.

Luckily for one four-year-old boy in Ottawa, Canada, a last ditch plea on Twitter resulted in a rescue effort and a story so heartwarming that you might believe it could melt even the icy canal at its center.

The toy in this story is a stuffed fawn that looks an awful lot like Bambi.

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However, four-year-old Nico Lavallée decided to name the little deer Rudolph instead.

It's hard to say if Nico's two-year-old brother, Santiago believed this Rudolph could fly or if he was just being a bratty toddler, but as the family walked along the Rideau Canal, Santiago grabbed the toy and threw it right over the railing.

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Unfortunately, the ice on the canal wasn't safe to walk on yet, so mom Brenda was forced to explain to Nico that Rudolph couldn't be retrieved.

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Though the canal is famous for being one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the world, on the day Rudolph failed to fly, the ice wasn't thick enough for the public to safely traverse.

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The family visited the little mound of growing snow a few times, but Brenda assumed the fawn would be lost under the snow by the time anyone could look for him.

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"I didn't want to bother anyone. I don't think anyone would care," she told CBC News.

It was Sebastian, 6, the eldest brother who encouraged her to post about the situation on Twitter and local Facebook groups.

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Many neighbors shared ideas for how to get the toy, while others began sharing Brenda's plea with authorities who might be able to help.

One of those groups is the National Capital Commission (NCC), who oversees the canal and ice. They said they would put the word out to their skateway teams.

After some searching around the area in Brenda's photo, a frozen Rudolph was rescued.

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When Brenda saw the photo, she had to share the news with Nico.

"Utter disbelief. He stared. It took a while to click. He's like, 'Wait, that's mine?' He was just in shock, and then he was really excited," she described.

"You just have to just have to ask. People do care. Assuming that they don't is something that adults do. [My kids] are growing up knowing that other people have our backs and other people care, and that's really heartwarming."

h/t: CBC News

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