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September 14, 2013

It's magic: Lost ferret reunited with owner after two weeks

WESTVILLE — The case of the magician’s disappearing ferret has a happy ending.

Prometheus, a 4-year-old ferret, is back home in St. Louis after escaping during the Renaissance Festival at Ellsworth Park on Aug. 24.

Amazingly, he somehow ended up in Westville and eventually at the home of Hannah Lomax, 21, who had been to the festival and saw the “lost” signs.

“I’m extremely grateful,” owner Matthew Olson of St. Louis said this week. “I can’t express how much it means to be reunited. I was heartbroken.”

The saga began the evening of Aug. 24 when Olson — a magician who performs as Dmitri the Mage — left his tent to go to dinner. His two trained ferrets, Prometheus and Aries, somehow got out of their cage during that time, and Prometheus escaped under the tent wall, perhaps going in search of his owner.

When the pet didn’t return Sunday, Olson posted signs. A couple of vendors walking through the woods found animal remains, which could have been a ferret.

“I had pretty much given up hope at that point,” he said, suspecting the worst.

Prometheus was on the loose for a week, and somehow made his way to Westville. The following Saturday, he ended up in the flower garden at the home of Jeanette and Terry Lomax.

Jeanette noticed the ferret when her dogs were barking at it, and called Hannah, her daughter. Lomax said the animal was very lethargic, and she took it to her home, and gave it sugar water.

Coincidentally, Lomax had been to the festival and wondered if the ferret was the one who had escaped. She got on the Renaissance Festival website, and e-mailed the director, who contacted Olson.

He and Lomax exchanged e-mails and photos, and he was sure the found animal was Prometheus. Lomax took care of the ferret for a week, until Olson could make arrangements to pick it up.

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