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SEATTLE - The Pike Place Market's beloved mascot Rachel the Piggybank was released from doctors' care Sunday after recovering from being struck by a taxicab that ran into her in early February.

While not sustaining life-threatening injuries during her February accident, Rachel did have a few things that needed repair after the incident.

Besides numerous scrapes and small abrasions, the most visible injury was a 10-inch crack that opened up along the top of Rachel's left ear and a large but shallow dent on her left side, said Rachel's doctor - Whidbey Island artist Georgia Gerber. We carefully welded the crack and sanded the abrasions and she's good to go after a couple of weeks of rest and recovery.

Gerber is responsible for creating and bringing Rachel to Pike Place in 1986. Rachel has stood guard under the Market's famous clock and sign, acting as fundraiser for the Market Foundation, whose mission is to raise money and awareness for the four human service agencies based in the Market .

But before Rachel resumed her work as the full time fundraiser (i.e. piggybank) for the Market Foundation, she went on tour. Beginning Sunday, she began making appearances on a daily basis at some of her favorite places around town.

Rachel's schedule:

March 13: Space Needle, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 14: Colman Dock, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
March 15: City Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 16: Seattle Art Museum, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 17: Occidental Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 18: Westlake Plaza, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then to the Market.

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