A 60-year-old bonsai worth several thousand dollars from a Federal Way museum has been recovered.

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A 60-year-old bonsai worth several thousand dollars that was stolen from a Federal Way museum has been recovered.

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.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

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 a child.”

McCabe said the publicity surrounding the missing tree may have caused the thief to abandon it.

“This bonsai belongs not only to Pacific Bonsai Museum but to the community and we are thrilled to be able to continue sharing it with thousands of visitors from around Puget Sound, the United States and the world. Thank you to the media and the public who helped spread the word about its disappearance which undoubtedly helped us find it,” McCabe said in a news release.