Girl takes rock from national park, mails it back with apology

Girl apologizes for taking rock from park

A teachable moment and heartwarming story has been posted online by rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A girl who took a rock from the park during her visit felt guilty and mailed it back with an apology letter.

In a Saturday Facebook post, park rangers shared the letter, which was signed "Karina."

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According to the post, Karina included a donation and a pencil drawing of a waterfall at the park.

The rangers replied, thanking Karina and assuring her the rock had been returned to its rightful location in the falls.

In a separate post, rangers noted that taking or even moving rocks can threaten the eggs of the park's giant hellbender salamanders.

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Posted by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday, August 17, 2019

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