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Park Rangers Get an Unexpected ‘Confession’

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A young girl visiting a national park with her family wanted to remember the experience, so she took a nearby rock home with her. Her family didn’t realize until after they left that the young girl had taken the rock. They explained that it was a crime to take a rock from the park, and what the little girl did next will make you smile.

Park rangers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park received a handwritten letter in the mail. In the letter, the little girl named Karina, explained that she stole the rock from the park because she “loved it so much” and wanted to have a keepsake.

The heartwarming letter made it to the national park’s Facebook page, which read: “Dear park rangers, Deep Creek was awesome! I especially liked Tom Branch Falls. I loved it so much I wanted to have a souvenir to come home with me, so I took a rock. I’m sorry, and I want to return it.”

On the bottom right of the letter, the little girl added: “PS. look on the back!” Karina had drawn a picture of the park. According to ABC News, rangers Jessie Snow and Allison Bate shared the kind-hearted gesture “right away as this would be a great opportunity to share a larger message on social media.”

“It’s pretty simple — anything in the park, stays in the park,” Snow explained to the outlet. “It’s shared by all of us and it should stay there.”

“We don’t get a lot of things mailed back to us, so getting the actual rock returned in the mail was really a unique and special thing that she had done,” Snow said. “We thought the social media post would share the message more broadly.”

The two rangers explained that there was no return address, and they had no other means of getting in contact with the young girl. They did the next best thing — they posted it on Facebook.

“We want her to know that she’s appreciated and her actions can help other people learn something,” Snow said.