Police and curators are appealing for the return of a 12-foot, sand-stuffed crocodile swiped from St Andrew Square gardens in Edinburgh.
Davy, a life-size replica of an African specimen, had been moved to the gardens by staff at the National Library of Scotland, who wanted the fake tetrapod to draw attention to their current exhibition about legendary explorer David Livingstone.
© National Library of Scotland
At least two people would have been needed to carry the creature, which went missing overnight after its sandy innards had been removed.
“We suspect he may have been taken as a prank late at night,” says Darryl Mead, the Library’s Deputy National Librarian.
“Davy has proved a popular attraction in the gardens since he moved in three weeks ago. We appeal for his safe return.”
Andy Neal, of garden managers Essential Edinburgh, is calling for the return of the crocodile to its “natural habitat” where it was “much happier”.
“While we are only concerned to have it back safe and sound, and if we get it back would be content to let the matter rest, the police have been informed and CCTV cameras do operate in the area,” he says.
“Davy is very much an exhibitionist and took his role in promoting our exhibition very seriously,” adds Mead.
“He was very happy in his pond in the gardens and will be missing it very greatly.”
The exhibition, , is at the library until November 3 2013.