A mom in Wisconsin thought she’d never find her son’s beloved teddy bear after he lost it at a park. But three weeks later, her faith in humanity was restored after a stranger chanced upon it at a muddy place.
Catherine Antczak often went to Elm Grove Village Park with her 2-year-old son, Henry, who would bring along his stuffed black bear and best friend Blueberry. On one trip to the park, Blueberry went missing. Needless to say, the little boy was upset.
“He does everything with him,” Antczak told CBS58.
After a fruitless search, they thought the bear was lost for good. Weeks later, a local resident, Brooke Fadeski, took a walk at the park with her dog, Olive, and spotted Blueberry “struggling” in the pond.
“It was in one of the grossest parts of the pond,” Fadeski said.
As Blueberry was 10 feet away, Fadeski found a sunflower stalk to retrieve the bear from the water.
“We found our struggling swimmer and I slowly dragged him into shore,” she told Journal Sentinel. “He was covered in all sorts of mess. I stared at Mr. Bear and just smiled. Somehow this bear just made my day.”
Fadeski then took the bear home and put it into the washer to be cleaned up.
In an attempt to find the owner, she snapped a photo of Blueberry and posted it in the Facebook group Brookfield-Elm Grove Buy/Sell/Trade with the caption: “Found this precious teddy bear in EG Park pond looking pretty rough. He’s getting some spa treatments and hoping to find his owner.”
Antczak’s sister happened to see the post and notified her.
“I was in disbelief,” Antczak said. “I could not believe that she had found the ragged bear and taken the time to look for the owner. And clean it up to top it off!”
Fadeski returned Blueberry two days later to Antczak and also gifted a journal to Henry titled “The Adventures of Blueberry and Henry” that was written from the bear’s perspective, along with some photos showing what happened when it was separated from Henry.
“I think I was just so excited that the owner was found that I was like ok, ‘We need to make this a little bit more fun,’” Fadeski explained to CBS58.
All that Fadeski did took Antczak by surprise, and she was genuinely touched by the kind gesture.
“It will be something that we always remember,” Antczak said. “Just super heartwarming and just really restores your faith in humanity.”