Expensive bonsai stolen from Pacific Bonsai Museum recovered – The Seattle Times‏

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SEATTLE – A 60-year old bonsai worth several thousand dollars that was stolen from the Pacific Bonsai Museum has been recovered.

Bonsai3 The tree before the theft. Photo: Pacific Bonsai Museum

The “work of living art,” which was found Wednesday morning a few miles from the museum, had been severely pruned but will likely live, according to museum curator Aarin Packard.The tree, stolen Monday, was found after the museum received a tip about its location and notified police, said Kathy McCabe, Executive Director of the Pacific Bonsai Museum.

McCabe said in a telephone interview that museum officials do not know who took the tree or why, but it “looks like it was cared for and then abandoned.” The gardener who had been caring for the tree – which was donated by bonsai artist Mas Moriguchi – for two decades told McCabe the tree’s disappearance was emotional and had felt like “losing…

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