A little girl was reunited with her lost toy monkey on Facebook after it was taken in, fed Quality Street chocolates and bathed by a Good Samaritan.
Mother of one Rachel Holloway, 28, from Canterbury, Kent, found an animal toy in a local playground in the South East and made a plea on Facebook to find the owner of the cuddly monkey.
In the meantime Rachel has posted his ‘adventures’ on social media, where he has enjoyed being bathed, watching cartoons with ‘Mrs Elephant’ and eating confectionary,
The creature was eventually reunited with his original owner Amalia who had dropped him on the playground.
Mother of one Rachel Holloway, from Canterbury, Kent, found Monkey (pictured) in a local playground in the South East
She posted in a Facebook group: ‘He was a little muddy and very wet from the rain, but don’t worry, monkey has had a nice warm bath and a cup of hot chocolate.
‘I’m hoping we can find his owner on here so that he can go home, but for now he is eating some chocolate and watching cartoons with Mrs Elephant.’
On day two of his stay she posted: ‘We haven’t found his owner just yet, but don’t worry, he’s being well looked after.
The 28-year-old made a plea on Facebook to help try and reunite the owner with the cuddly monkey (Pictured: Monkey sat next to a cup of cup while wrapped up in a tea towel)
In the meantime Rachel has posted his ‘adventures’ on social media, where he has enjoyed being bathed, watching cartoons with ‘Mrs Elephant’ and eating confectionary (Pictured: Lost toy Monkey, right, holding quality streets while sitting next to Mrs Elephant, left)
‘Monkey had a sleepover, and some crunchy cookies for breakfast, he’s been playing with Mrs Elephant and has had a swing in the trees all before 9am.’
The post went viral and racked up more than 3,000 likes and 2,000 shares.
People praised her for creativity and thanked Rachel for her ‘lovely and thoughtful’ updates.
Some of them became emotionally gripped by the stuffed toy’s situation.
The soft creature (pictured) was eventually reunited with his original owner Amalia who had dropped him on the playground
Rachel posted in a Facebook group: ‘He was a little muddy and very wet from the rain, but don’t worry, monkey has had a nice warm bath and a cup of hot chocolate (Pictured: Monkey hanging from a brick wall)
One wrote: ‘I’m so invested now. Monkey is living my best life and I need to see what happens next.’
Another said: ‘Absolutely love this. Hope his owner is found soon. Almost in tears.’
A third fan said: ‘Omg this cheered me up yesterday and has done the same again today.’
A fourth added: ‘This is the best post I’ve seen in a long time!! You are amazing! I love that, I hope Monkey is reunited soon.’
On day two of Monkey’s stay she posted: ‘We haven’t found his owner just yet, but don’t worry, he’s being well looked after (Monkey having a fun time with Mrs Elephant)
Social media were enamoured with many of Monkey’s adventures, with one putting: ‘Absolutely love this. Hope his owner is found soon. Almost in tears’ (Monkey holding Crunchy Cookie)
Rachel says she has been amazed by the reaction her cheerful updates have received.
She said: ‘I found monkey sitting in a tree along the river walk opposite the play park, he was very muddy and wet and just looked very sad so I decided to take him home and fix him up a bit.
‘I thought that there was probably a little boy or girl out there who went home very upset after losing their monkey, so I thought it would bring them a smile when they see that actually, their monkey is having a good time and is waiting somewhere safe for them.
‘Monkey has been a great house guest so far. He’s been hanging out with Mrs Elephant, watching cartoons and eating snacks.
‘It’s been really nice to see people on Facebook come together to try get monkey home.
Rachel posted: ‘Monkey has been a great house guest so far. He’s been hanging out with Mrs Elephant, watching cartoons and eating snacks (Pictured: Monkey with a bunch of Quality Street chocolates)
Rachel said it was ‘really nice; to see people on Facebook come together to try to reunite Monkey home (Pictured: Monkey cuddling Mrs Elephant)
‘I think everybody enjoys the happiness of a child, and monkey has definitely brought everyone together in a way I didn’t expect.
‘Canterbury is a small place, so I thought after about 10 comments his owner would be found, it was a shock when it took off. But I’m glad it’s brought a smile to so many faces.’
Eventually she broke the news that the creature’s owner had been found.
She said: ‘Okay guys, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – Monkey’s owner, Amalia, has been found.
‘Monkey has packed a bag of treats for the journey, he’s hugged Mrs Elephant goodbye and is now on his way home to his favourite human.
‘Thank you to everyone who took the time to share and engage with the post, without your help this busy little monkey might not have made it home.’