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Stoic “Statue” Can’t Help But Break Character When Toddler Comes In For A Hug

Image on left shows a young boy running toward a statue on a bench. Right image shows boy hugging and looking up at the statue

People posing as statues is nothing new. In the TV series “Monk,” a statue man witnessed a bank robbery. Sometimes, people pose as statues to prank others. One actor working as a living statue trained his dog to pose with him. But what happens when a child approaches a “statue” to get a hug? If you’re like this statue, you break character and hug back.


Cody hugging a live statue and he couldn’t resist hugging him back! So sweet! #gaylordtexan #gaylordtexanresort

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While walking with his mom, Cody saw a man posing as a statue on a nearby bench. Once the toddler saw the statue, there was no holding him back. Cody wanted to hug the statue, so he hurried toward the statue man with his arms outstretched. Toddler hug mode is activated!

A young boy approaching a statue to give it a hug.
Image from TikTok.

We are unsure if Cody knew that the statue was a real man. When he reached the bench, he leaned in to hug the statue. Everyone watching melted at the sweet scene. Admit it. You said, “Awwww,” watching the video. The moment was precious. But after he made contact, Cody leaned back a bit. We think that is when he realized this statue was slightly different.

A young boy leans in for a hug, then senses something off. He pulls away and looks up at the statue man.
Image from TikTok.

The man couldn’t hold his pose with all that adorableness happening. The statue broke character, first reaching for Cody’s head. A second later, the two were in full-blown hug mode. The statue man wrapped both arms around Cody, who leaned back into the hug. The moment was short, but the feeling of watching a statue break character to return a hug will last forever.

Images show a statue man breaking character to return a hug from a small boy who hadn't realized the statue was alive.
Image from TikTok.

When actors portray statues, it is hard not to break character. Who can resist that adorable hug? The man did the only thing he could in that situation. How would you have reacted?

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