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Thursday 18 September 2014

Willie Nelson's armadillo returned

Willie Nelson's mascot has been returned

A stuffed armadillo that serves as an on-stage mascot for country music legend Willie Nelson has been returned after being "kidnapped" from a Las Vegas-area show.

Officials at the Westin Lake Las Vegas resort in Henderson said the critter, named Ol' Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a concert on March 31.

Westin marketing director Matt Boland said Nelson's crew called in the middle of the night from the road, asking the resort to scour surveillance footage after the mascot went missing.

Boland said he was outside the hotel the morning after the concert when an apologetic man drove up and handed him a shoebox and instructions to return it to Nelson.

He said the armadillo was inside and was sent to the singer in California.

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