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Stolen stuffed armadillo returned to Willie Nelson

This image provided by the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev., shows Willie Nelson, left, and his stuffed armadillo in the foreground, at a concert Monday at the resort. (Associated Press)
This image provided by the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev., shows Willie Nelson, left, and his stuffed armadillo in the foreground, at a concert Monday at the resort. (Associated Press)
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A stuffed armadillo that serves as an onstage 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, Nev., say the critter, named Ol’ Dillo, vanished while audience members were greeting Nelson after a Monday night concert.

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 Tuesday morning when an apologetic man drove up and handed him a shoebox and instructions to return it to Nelson. Boland said the armadillo was inside and has been sent to the singer in California.

Bieber look-alike album ‘droplifted’

Los Angeles artist and electronic musician Paz Dylan, 25, said he planted 5,000 copies of an album that appears to be Justin Bieber’s “Believe” but actually contains a copy of Dylan’s own CD, at retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart on Tuesday, April Fools’ Day.

The wrapped CDs resemble “Believe” right down to the bar code and silky Bieber portrait on the cover. However, Paz’s artwork is on the inside of the back cover, and the disc itself is slathered with images of cats, pizzas and a dog stuffed inside a taco.

The CD itself contains the 13 tracks from Paz’s synth-heavy independent release “From the Bottom of My Heart to the Top of Your Lungs.”

Target spokesman Evan Lapiska said the company was aware of the claim and was investigating the matter, while Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said customers could return the CD for a full refund or the real version.

A message left for Bieber’s spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned.

Paz said he wanted to use big-box retailers as his artistic canvas by “droplifting” his music into the hands of consumers.

The birthday bunch

Conservationist Dame Jane Goodall is 80. Actress Marsha Mason is 72. Singer Tony Orlando is 70. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 64. Actor Alec Baldwin is 56. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 55. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 53. Olympic gold medal ski racer Picabo Street is 43. Comedian Aries Spears is 39. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 29.

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