White elephant gifts are notorious for their oddity and questionable usefulness, but Rakhi Desai of Houston, Texas, got something more bizarre than anyone expected during her work gift exchange.
After walking away with a teddy bear with the label “Neptune Society” on its foot, Desai did a little research and quickly found that her bear was stuffed with another person’s remains.
Desai’s work colleague bought the bear at an estate sale but has since forgotten when and where the sale happened.
👀 so that's a quick fix. Don't want uncle Fred on your shelf? Stuff his ass in a Teddy bear and gift it to someone else.
😂 I like their style!
— Dan (@Silverpathic) December 29, 2018
Desai is now taking steps to find the bear’s family, to whom it probably has a profound significance:
“It seems to me that this bear is very special to somebody and belongs in somebody’s family.”
Twitter was equal parts amused and horrified.
Hey, if you didn't like the gift go stuff yourself. https://t.co/U7jgQ1rL1W
— Tony Pizza (@trivialtony) December 31, 2018
'Miracles happen': Woman seeks owner of bear stuffed with remains she received as gift https://t.co/xuc0nmGQHN Am I the only one who finds this slightly creepy? A teddy bear stuffed with human remains…? I would be horrified if I got this from a Christmas party…
— Producer Lightning (@LightningMarita) December 30, 2018
The bear certainly made a memorable gift, though not one Desai would want again.
A bit creepy
— Michael Furey (@Wild_Tiger99) December 29, 2018
Is that not how Chucky was born? 😂
— 🦖 James ∞ 🦕 (@Autisticosaurus) December 28, 2018
From the Build-bear-burial plot collection
— Bunker Oleary (@BunkerOleary) December 28, 2018
When it came to the bear, Twitter was in no short supply of gallows humor.
— Kim (@blitherbabble) December 31, 2018
The company on the bear’s foot, Neptune Society, doesn’t track its bears in any way, but the bear does have a name on its tag.
Desai hopes its true owners will be able to identify it using its name, reuniting the family with its lost loved one:
“Miracles happen every day, so if there’s a positive end to this story, that’ll be great.”
I pray it finds its way home. God bless her for trying. Much luck.
— Terri McCort (@storyteller1130) December 28, 2018
Lemme repeat- HAVE A PLAN FOR YOUR REMAINS.
Even the best intentions can end up like this. https://t.co/GLzr8CW4PI
— The Modern Mortician (@Mod_Mortician) December 29, 2018
Good luck, Ms. Desai! We hope the bear finds its way back home.