Sighs of relief were breathed in Austria today, after a missing pony made it back to his circus after an apparent horse-napping. While it might seem difficult to steal, and then conceal, a horse, consider that the animal, named Fridolin, is only about two feet tall.
The miniature pony, a main attraction of the Vienna Christmas Circus, was found after a tip came in that the pint-sized horse "had been abandoned at a bus stop," reports the Vienna Times.
The newspaper was reportedly one of several media outlets that ran high-profile stories about the plight of little Fridolin after he went missing on Monday, Dec. 17. That coverage is receiving at least partial credit for the animal's safe return, which came after an anonymous phone call.
"According to the anonymous caller they had taken the pony in order to give some Christmas cheer to a sick child – and it had been fed baby food in the time it was away," the paper reported. "They apologised for the inconvenience. Police are investigating."
Circus staff were content to have their unique and talented equine back, apparently no worse for the experience.
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