Vancouver woman's sentimental teddy bear returned safe and sound

Brenda Watkins
July 31, 2020

After the unique teddy bear of a Filipina was returned to her without any damage, "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds thanked everyone "who searched high and low" to get the stuffed toy back home safely.

The Canadian native, 43, announced on Twitter Wednesday, July 29 (US time) the return of Mara Soriano's stolen teddy bear. However, when she gets married next year, Soriano says the bear will sit in a front row seat where her mother would have been.

That's because the Build-A-Bear contained a voice-box with a final recorded message from her mum, Marilyn Soriano, who died of cancer in June 2019, aged 53. He tweeted Saturday that he's even offering $5,000 to whoever brings it back.

The custom Build-A-Bear, which she named Mama Bear, was in "perfect condition" aside from missing its signature square glasses. Vancouver is awesome. #FoundMarasBear'. Sharing the update with netizens, she tweeted, "Mama bear is!"

Soriano said it was stolen from U-Haul late last week during a move. "I'm going to show her the new apartment, it's just been the wildest three hours", she said with a laugh. The post has an image of Sarino carrying the teddy bear and her beaming smile conveys how much the teddy means to her.

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Soriano said she was in the process of moving when she learned a friend of hers had been struck by a van, and in her shock, she left the backpack alone for about 10 minutes.

Mara - who was born in the Philippines and moved to Toronto when she was nine - added: "It's a reminder of home". The message from her was recorded before she went into hospice.

According to CTV, the woman received an email from someone late Tuesday night saying that they had the bear. She lost her mother to cancer previous year.

"At hospice her voice was different. I'm so grateful for the outreach", Soriano said Monday.

But in her "frazzled state" she said she forgot to tell her fiancé that the backpack was still in the road. "She said that she loved me and she was proud of me and that she'll always be with me". The bear has a message in it in Filipino. It says "I love you", but in our language.

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