Thursday, April 07, 2005

Missing 25-foot gorilla returns

A 25-foot inflatable gorilla is back home after it was snatched last week.

Two Stanwood High School students brought the blue and yellow simulated simian to the Stanwood Police Department Wednesday afternoon, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rich Niebusch said.

The teens read news reports of the gorilla caper, made calls to classmates and located the balloon in Stanwood, Niebusch said.

It wasn't clear where the 25-foot gorilla had been since March 29.

The gorilla was being displayed for a sale at All Seasons Spa and Stove when high winds forced the handlers to deflate it. However, someone cut the tethers sometime between 6 and 9 p.m. and took off with the balloon and the fan that keeps it inflated.

Balloon owner Mike McDaniel said he heard rumors that the suspects planned to inflate the gorilla on top of the high school.

No one has been arrested, and police continue to investigate the theft.


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