The search for a much-loved mascot — George the giraffe — is underway after the bronze statue was stolen from outside a Brisbane veterinary clinic.
- The 2.5-metre bronze statue was stolen from outside the clinic overnight
- Police are investigating the theft of the statue, which had been chained to the building
- Is it the second time the giraffe statues have been targeted by thieves
Before now, the 2.5-metre-tall bronze statue could be spotted standing proudly outside the Wilston Vet Clinic on Newmarket Road, beside his long-legged companion Henrietta.
Wilston Vet manager Donna Pearce said clinic staff felt they had lost “part of the family” when they discovered George was missing on Tuesday morning.
“All we want is him back,” Ms Pearce told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“He’s been with us for at least the past 10 years.”
Ms Pearce said with the statues chained to the the building, taking a hefty giraffe would have been no easy task.
“I think they would have actually had to plan it,” she said.
Police are investigating the theft of the statue, which was purchased from an art gallery in San Francisco.
But it is not the first time thieves have targeted the bronze statues with George’s companion, Henrietta the giraffe, swiped a few years back.
“We’ve been very unlucky,” Ms Pearce said.
“They happened to find her, which was really lucky, and we had her back again, but now it’s George’s turn.”
Henrietta went through quite the ordeal and was found cut up into pieces in a scrap yard at Murarrie.
“We put out the call for everyone to see if they could find her and luckily enough someone saw her head out of one of the rubbish bins,” Ms Pearce said.
“We found the rest of her body everywhere else at the scarp yard.”
A community volunteer donated his time to put Henrietta back together.
“She’s still here with us on Newmarket Road, but she’s missing George a lot.”