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You’ve never seen a wee boy so happy to have his cat back … even if the cat is of the stuffed variety.

Two weeks ago, Ned Taggart’s cherished toy, Bubba Cat, was mislaid while the family was on holiday to Thorpeness in Suffolk. Ned hadn’t been able to sleep since.

It’s unlikely that boy and toy would have been reunited but for the efforts of teashop owner Liz Everett, who was handed the cat by a customer, and launched a Facebook appeal to locate his owner. Mrs Everett nicknamed the toy Meare Kat after her establishment, Meare Shop and Tearoom, and posted photos of him eating an ice cream, having a boat ride and playing on the beach.

Within days, thousands of people were supporting the search for “Meare Cat’s” owner.

The Daily Mail got wind of the story and ran an article. Neds family came forward. The Daily Mail arranged for Bubba to to be couriered over by motorbike to their home, so that Ned and Bubba could be reunited as quickly as possible.

Ned’s mother Lucy, told The Daily Mail: “Ned has two favorite toys, Bubba Cat and Big Cat. I bought them when he was born and he cuddles them from morning till night. Hes distraught when hes without them. We had been searching for Bubba Cat since he went missing. I did buy him a new cat but he wanted his old one. He knew the difference.

“I got a call from my mother who saw your article and rang me. I want to say thank you so much to Liz. We are very, very grateful and hopefully Ned will be able to sleep better now. We cant believe she went to so much effort.”

Mrs Everett (in photo below) decided to take action because she remembered how her now grown-up son lost his favorite toy as a child and had been “inconsolable.” She declared herself delighted yesterday that the toy had been returned to his rightful owner.

I have a feeling that little Ned is a Cat Guy in training…

[Read more at The Daily Mail.]