This True Story of a Boy and His Lost Stuffed Monkey Will Leave You in Tears SHARE: Tweet It’s a real-life Toy Story: A boy who lost his beloved stuffed monkey, Ah-ah, on a family vacation 500 miles away gets reunited with him three years later — thanks to an impossibly lucky bid on eBay. For years, Ah-ah wasn’t just a toy — he was the boy’s closest friend, and the family was devastated when Ah-ah went missing during a camping trip to the Rocky Mountains. While everyone else gave up trying to find him, the boy’s mom never did. Randomly, while surfing eBay, she searched for a blue monkey stuffed animal, and found one that looked enough like Ah-ah it might make a good replacement. SEE MORE: • School Rallies Behind Field Day Runner With Cerebral Palsy • Tearjerker: Dying Man’s Final Wish to be Reunited With Dog Imagine her surprise when she saw the cut-off tag and dryer-burnt hair of her son’s missing best friend. It’s hard not to cry along with them. Here Ah-ah is on eBay. The seller operates a store called Lost Loves Toy Chest that reunites lost toys with their owners. The best part: As the boy holds Ah-ah and his mom explains how he came back, he tells her, crying, “We shouldn’t have had to pay for him.” UPDATE: We spoke to the boy’s dad, who explains that his son is a little embarrassed about all the press. “We’d like to turn all this positive attention into something good,” he says, and asks that you donate to MyCharityWater.org if you’re as touched by the story as we are. Follow the author on Twitter @_Cooper. SEE MORE: • This High School Reunion Blurb Will Melt Your Heart • This British Ad for Marriage Equality Is Perfect [Reddit] MOST RECENT BY Cooper Fleishman:How to Use Comic SansThe 10 Meanest Autocorrect PranksWho's More Employable: Romney Face-Tattoo Guy or This Czech Presidential Candidate?