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Flyers fan's son mistakes Gritty for Cookie Monster in cute video

Two-year-old sees mascot on magazine but love of 'Sesame Street' shines through

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

He's big, he's furry and he has googly eyes, so close enough.

A young and likely future Philadelphia Flyers named Grant, who will be two years old in October, saw Gritty on the cover of "Philadelphia Magazine" and misidentified him in the cutest way possible. He called the Flyers mascot Cookie Monster.

Tweet from @shegabstoomuch: Sorry @GrittyNHL. He���s a work in progress! 😂 @NHLFlyers pic.twitter.com/gCOJs3xXC5

Grant and his mother, Gabby, were in a local CVS store in Delaware County when they approached the magazine rack.

"I've pointed Gritty out to him before," Gabby, a long-time Flyers fan, told NHL.com. "I showed him the magazine and I said 'Look, Gritty!' and he repeated 'Gritty!' But then, when I went to take the video, he said 'Cookie Monster.'"

Unable to resist the cuteness, Gabby immediately sent the video to some family and friends, who could not have been surprised given Grant's favorite TV show.

"He loves 'Sesame Street.' We watch it every day," Gabby said.

Later Gabby shared it on Twitter, along with a winking apology to Gritty.

The Flyers mascot, who has been busy after returning from his summer vacation with axe-throwing and T-shirt catching, you know, usual Gritty stuff, responded.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Is it my eyes? https://t.co/aQbXwRtQ8L

Needless to say, the video went viral.

"I thought it was cute but I'm sure every parent thinks what their kid does is cute," Gabby said. "I was hearing from friends asking 'Are you looking at Twitter? This thing is blowing up!' I was very surprised."

In Grant's defense, Gritty does kind of look like Cookie Monster if the longtime Sesame Street character's snack choice were Cheetos instead of chocolate chip cookies.

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