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Cyrilsquirellfox fell on the rails at platform 10

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Steaknife · 19/05/2009 10:12

As we were going home from our day trip to London Cyrilquirrelfox fell onto the rails at platform 10 at Paddington. He went under the 3.50 train to Worcester Shrub Hill.

The station fella told me they couldn't post it to me but I had to collect it from the station. I live in France and am only here for a couple of weeks.

I was wondering if any MNers that go through Paddington could pop into lost property and look for Cyrilsquirrelfox?

And if he is there maybe you could foster him till he can be sent back to us.

I do hope someone can help.

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Hassled · 19/05/2009 10:15

I'm sorry, I don't live in London but a) I love Cyrilsquirrelfox and b) I love the precision of your post . Good luck!

One thing, though - did he really fall or was he pushed?

Steaknife · 19/05/2009 10:21

Hassled - he fell from the DDs lap as the station fella passed her to me from the station.

However, I didn't see the exact moment, I just heard "oh no", from the fella so I'm not sure. Especially as DD had previously been very keen on chewing Cyril's nose.

I had got everything on the train - baby, buggy, me, bags and the train fella said; "why don't you try coach C there is more room" I said; "because my seat is booked in this coach" He said "pass me the baby" so I did and then he said; "no, no the train is going" and passed her back to me and that is when we lost Cyril.

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wotulookinat · 19/05/2009 10:24

I'm going to put a link to this thread on a London meet-up one - I am sure that someone will help (I'm in Yorkshire so no good to you)

Steaknife · 19/05/2009 10:26

Thank you Wotulookinat (nice name btw)

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wotulookinat · 19/05/2009 10:28

It's a good job that you weren't at King's Cross, otherwise Cyrilsquirelfox might be halfway to Hogwarts by now!

slug · 19/05/2009 11:57

Hi steaknife. I work near Padington so I'll look in on my way to a meeting on Thursday (if I get the time)

MollieO · 19/05/2009 20:29

I've printed off the picture and I'll have a look on my way to work tomorrow and let you know. Was he lost today?

Steaknife · 19/05/2009 20:34

Thanks Slug, that would be great.

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MollieO · 20/05/2009 10:25

How shall I put this? I had a 'healthy' debate this morning with the lady in the lost property office at Paddington. I showed her the picture and explained the circumstances of the loss. She went a looked and checked back to the beginning of May but nothing resembling Cyrilsquirrelfox has been handed in. I said that he was dropped either last weekend or Monday (your post didn't give a date) but even if he had been lost at the weekend when the office was closed she would have expected him to have been handed in on Monday.

The man behind me in the queue suggested calling Bristol lost property office as that is apparently 'where everything ends up' but I suppose that is only if he was lost on a train.

I can't understand why if he was lost on the tracks he wouldn't be at lost property but the lady did check twice. Sorry.

Steaknife · 20/05/2009 21:27

Mollie O - thank you. I can only imagine the healthyness of the debating that went on.
And yes it was on Monday - sorry didn't make that clear in the op.

Maybe Cyril saw it as a chance to break for freedom, or maybe [gulp] he got squished on the rails.

I have a picture in my head of wanted posters being pasted up around Paddington - "have you seen this squirrel-fox?"

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MollieO · 21/05/2009 08:31

I was, let's say, persistent in my enquiry as I know how devastated my ds would be if he lost his favourite toy. I do find it odd though if he was dropped on the tracks why he wasn't handed in to lost property by a FGW employee. It is hardly as if passengers would be leaping on to the tracks to rescue a cuddly toy (at least not that I've seen!).

Steaknife · 23/05/2009 22:11

Well I tried the Bristol Lost Property yesterday, just incase. But the fella there said CSF would still be in London if he was lost in London.

I did get the feeling he didn't think much of the lost property people in London.

I think I will just have to accept CSF has made a break for freedom.

Ah well.

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Stayingsunnygirl · 23/05/2009 23:03

Would it help if cyrilsquirrelfox sent your dc some postcards from round the country, detailing his exploits and adventures - you could ask friends and family to do this for you.

My friends and I did something similar for a friend of ours, and the news spread, and soon he was getting postcards from all sorts of places - including america, if I remember right.

Steaknife · 23/05/2009 23:17

Stayingsunny - that's a lovely idea but I have to confess that DDs only 9 months, it really is me that is sad to see CSF lost. We had only had him a couple of hours and she had taken quite a liking to chewing his nose.

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