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John McCartney and Herald staff |
Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:09 p.m.

Willie Nelson gets his armadillo back

  • Willie Nelson, left, on stage with his stuffed armadillo.


    Willie Nelson, left, on stage with his stuffed armadillo.

HENDERSON, Nev. — 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 say the critter, named Ol' Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.

Westin marketing director Matt Boland says 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 says he was outside the hotel Tuesday morning when an apologetic man drove up and handed him a box and instructions to return it to Nelson.

Boland says the armadillo was inside and was sent to the singer in California.

Story tags » MusicAnimals

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