Very nice story, a little girl finds her Teddy Bear
Ben Pascal /AP
But her relatives still believed in a miracle and the miracle happened.
Relatives and friends had launched on social networks and thanks to a park ranger, as well as the closure of a hiking trail due to grizzly activity on the same day a family friend was visiting the park, the teddy bear is back in the arms of Naomi Pascal, 6, in Jackson, Wyoming.
The success on social media was impressive with more than 12,000 likes on Glacier National Park’s Facebook page, is a beautiful story that resonates, said Ben Pascal, Naomi’s father and the senior pastor of Jackson Hole Presbyterian Church, a popular ski town south of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
“It was just a story of hope and goodness and people working together,” Pascal said. “It touched people’s hearts. It gave them hope. It made them feel like there’s good in the world, and I think there is.”
They notified the park officials and asked that if they found Teddy, that they turn him into the lost and found.
The Teddy should have ended up in the trash because it had no monetary value, but the Ranger chose to put it in his vehicle and it became his mascot.
Teddy had new stories, the evenings cleaning the snowy roads, listening to the wolves howl, the traffic jams due to accidents and ice.
Months passed and in June 2021, Addie Pascal posted on Facebook a call for help to find Teddy.
That’s exactly what happened when Hayden and her adult niece, a photographer with cancer, spotted a stuffed bear in a ranger’s truck after being turned back from a trail that was closed due to bear activity.
She took a picture and sent it to Addie Pascal, who quickly confirmed it was Teddy.
Ben Pascal and Naomie Pascal holding Teddy – Ben Pascal/AP
Unfortunately, the ranger’s truck was locked. It was Mazzarisi’s day off and another ranger who was working on the trail had the keys. They left a note on the vehicle and found other rangers.
“I run-up to these rangers and I’m hyperventilating,” Hayden said. “And I’m going, ‘There’s a truck down at the trailhead and there’s a bear sitting on the dashboard.’”
They knew about the bear, confirmed where it had been found and soon returned Teddy to Hayden along with a junior park ranger badge and a ranger hat.
Hayden shipped the bear to Naomi, who said she was really excited when she got Teddy back.
Hayden bought another stuffed bear for Mazzarisi. He named her Clover, he said, because she reminds him of a grizzly bear he saw in Yellowstone National Park that would lay on her belly in a clover patch and eat.
Clover is wintering at Mazzarisi’s cabin in St. Mary. Next spring, she’ll ride in his truck.