Have you seen this puppet?
A portrait-painting puppet has been lost after falling out of a car boot in Wellington.
Puppeteer Anna Bailey is a regular fixture at the Sunday morning Harbourside Market beside the Te Papa national museum, with her puppet Evaline, which paints portraits.
She has also taken Evaline around the world, including to Europe, China, Australia and Indonesia.
But as Bailey was driving down Buckle St in central Wellington yesterday, her car boot came open and a suitcase carrying Evaline fell out.
Another motorist called out to her that her suitcase had fallen out of the car and she immediately stopped and returned to the area but the suitcase was gone.
"I'm worried that the person who picked the suitcase from the road didn't know how important it is to me," she said.
"It is a painted splattered brown cardboard suitcase and at first glance inside it might look like rubbish as there is a plastic paint-covered bag with paints inside and the puppet is in a drawstring bag, and there are bits and pieces I use to decorate the studio."
Bailey, who made Evaline herself, said she could make a replacement puppet but that would take two weeks and it would not be completed in time to take her to the Masterton A and P Show this Saturday.
She also planned to take the puppet to a Child Cancer Foundation fundraiser later this month, followed by a festival in Australia next month.
"Maybe she got hit by a car and someone threw her out," Bailey said.
"I would like to find out what happened to her and I would love her back."
The Dominion Post