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  • A soldier surprised his daughter by dressing up as a Ninja Turtle in her karate class after being away with the army for nine months
  • Third-grader Amelia Messenger had no idea what was about to happen
  • Her dad Oscar removed his costume head and the nine-year-old ran towards him
  • The entire class cheered for her as she hugged her father

By James Gordon For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:34 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 13:18 EST, 17 February 2017

A young girl was given the surprise of her life during her karate lesson when her dad appeared out of nowhere dressed in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume after being away with the army for nine months.

Nine-year-old Amelia Messenger was taking her martial arts class in Jacksonville, Florida when the instructor asked if anyone minded if a man dressed as a turtle showed up.

Little did Amelia know that underneath the outfit was dad, Oscar, whom she had not seen since April last year. 

Amelia Messenger, nine, seen here in white, was completely unaware that her father was dressed up as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he strolled into her karate class Amelia Messenger, nine, seen here in white, was completely unaware that her father was dressed up as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he strolled into her karate class

Amelia Messenger, nine, seen here in white, was completely unaware that her father was dressed up as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he strolled into her karate class

Within moments, her dad pulled off his costume head and gave Amelia a huge surprise Within moments, her dad pulled off his costume head and gave Amelia a huge surprise

Within moments, her dad pulled off his costume head and gave Amelia a huge surprise

Amelia stood for a moment with her mouth wide-open Amelia stood for a moment with her mouth wide-open
She then rushed into the arms of her father whom she hadn't see in nine months She then rushed into the arms of her father whom she hadn't see in nine months

After standing for a moment with her mouth wide-open, Amelia rushed into the arms of her father whom she hadn't see in nine months 

The pair hugged tightly as her dad, Oscar, had just got back from a nine month deployment The pair hugged tightly as her dad, Oscar, had just got back from a nine month deployment

The pair hugged tightly as her dad, Oscar, had just got back from a nine month deployment

The rest of the children all stood in a row, smiling as the Ninja Turtle stood before them.

Instructor, James Wright, who was in on the entire reveal, pretended that the reason for the turtle's unscheduled appearance was because there was a new movie coming out. 

'Why don't you take your head off?' he suggested. 'I think there's someone here you might recognize, I'm not sure,' the instructor teased.

The third-grader couldn't believe her eyes. Amelia's jaw dropped wide open as she saw her dad for the first time in almost a year.

The delight on Amelia's face is clear to see as she hugs her dad for the first time in a long while The delight on Amelia's face is clear to see as she hugs her dad for the first time in a long while

The delight on Amelia's face is clear to see as she hugs her dad for the first time in a long while

The class came to a halt while Amelia hugged her dad as tightly as she could to welcome him The class came to a halt while Amelia hugged her dad as tightly as she could to welcome him

The class came to a halt while Amelia hugged her dad as tightly as she could to welcome him

The surprise visit was organized by Amerlia's mom, Victoria, seen here on the right The surprise visit was organized by Amerlia's mom, Victoria, seen here on the right

The surprise visit was organized by Amerlia's mom, Victoria, seen here on the right

For a moment, she remained standing in line partly in complete shock with he mouth open but also because the rules of the class dictate everyone stands still.   

'Daddy!' Amelia shouted as she ran over to him and wrapped her arms around him. 

She hugged him tightly as he lifted his little girl into the air.

'Welcome back!' the karate instructor said, at which point the entire class cheered.

Just as class was about to resume, Amelia, eager to make up for lost time, took another look at her father and went over for another hug. 

Amelia was seen to be smiling from ear to ear knowing that her dad was finally home.

Not letting go!  Amelia and her father, Oscar, make up for lost time sharing a tender moment  Not letting go!  Amelia and her father, Oscar, make up for lost time sharing a tender moment 

Not letting go!  Amelia and her father, Oscar, make up for lost time sharing a tender moment 


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