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Are you missing a large plastic kiddie pool? Or a leaf blower? How about a raccoon tail?

Those are just a few of the items in Metro Transit's lost and found, the Star Tribune reports.

When you think of items left on a city bus or train, you might think of cellphones, wallets, hats and gloves.

Pam Steffen at the Metro Transit customer relations office in Minneapolis sees dozens of items turned in each day. Among the more unusual are large-screen TVs, microwave ovens, paintings, and, this only occurred once, a medium-size rock.

Bicycles are also popular. Once you get off the bus, you may have forgotten to grab your bike from the rack at the front of the bus. Metro Transit has a campaign called “Don’t Forget Your Bike,” with stickers on bike racks, alerts on social media and notices in newsletters and on its website.

The newspaper says passengers left 1,203 bicycles on buses and trains last year.

Most people don't know the lost and found exists and think items forgotten are lost forever.

One of Steffen's jobs is to find the rightful owners by looking for a person’s name or business card, IDs or any markings that might help.

The office only holds items for about two weeks and then donates them to charity. Here's how to contact Metro Transit's lost and found.

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