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Monkey lost, monkey found

After tale of lost stuffed animal is picked up by news media, a Palo Alto boy is reunited with his Nana

All in all, it was a good day for 3-year-old Palo Altan Isaac Hilbert.

He was reunited with his lost stuffed monkey Thursday after the teenager who found it returned the beloved simian for a $30 reward.

Isaac's mom, Sara Armstrong, had posted "lost monkey" signs around their neighborhood near Mitchell Park the night "Nana" fell out of her younger son's stroller a week ago.

The Weekly published the story on www.PaloAltoOnline.com Wednesday afternoon, and it was later picked up by NBC 11 for the late-night news broadcast. Armstrong was also interviewed by a Bay Area radio station this morning.

The teenager's girlfriend saw the story of the absent ape on television, called her boyfriend and told him the family wanted the monkey back.

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"I thought she was joking," he said. "It seemed a little weird to be on the news."

The teenager, whose first name is Thomas, sent Armstrong an e-mail that night. The two arranged to meet at Mitchell Park today for the swap.

When Armstrong saw Thomas headed their way with Nana in tow, she scooped up Isaac and ran toward him. The toddler hugged his long-lost friend.

Armstrong gave Thomas a thank you card, and he posed for photos with the family, holding his $30 reward.

Isaac, feeling a bit shy from all the attention, sat down and cradled Nana in his arms.

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"He is just so happy to have him back," Armstrong said.

— Alexandria Rocha

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Monkey lost, monkey found

After tale of lost stuffed animal is picked up by news media, a Palo Alto boy is reunited with his Nana

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 14, 2006, 5:52 pm

All in all, it was a good day for 3-year-old Palo Altan Isaac Hilbert.

He was reunited with his lost stuffed monkey Thursday after the teenager who found it returned the beloved simian for a $30 reward.

Isaac's mom, Sara Armstrong, had posted "lost monkey" signs around their neighborhood near Mitchell Park the night "Nana" fell out of her younger son's stroller a week ago.

The Weekly published the story on www.PaloAltoOnline.com Wednesday afternoon, and it was later picked up by NBC 11 for the late-night news broadcast. Armstrong was also interviewed by a Bay Area radio station this morning.

The teenager's girlfriend saw the story of the absent ape on television, called her boyfriend and told him the family wanted the monkey back.

"I thought she was joking," he said. "It seemed a little weird to be on the news."

The teenager, whose first name is Thomas, sent Armstrong an e-mail that night. The two arranged to meet at Mitchell Park today for the swap.

When Armstrong saw Thomas headed their way with Nana in tow, she scooped up Isaac and ran toward him. The toddler hugged his long-lost friend.

Armstrong gave Thomas a thank you card, and he posed for photos with the family, holding his $30 reward.

Isaac, feeling a bit shy from all the attention, sat down and cradled Nana in his arms.

"He is just so happy to have him back," Armstrong said.

— Alexandria Rocha

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