Giraffe wanders back

An 8-foot-tall statue of a giraffe is back home at Slim’s Place in Anna Maria following a prank that led to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report of grand theft.

The statue had been reported missing March 14 and believed taken from just inside the door of the restaurant and lounge either late March 13 or early March 14, according to an incident report from the MCSO.

But Slim’s ownership later learned that the missing giraffe had been taken in jest, not as theft.

The case is now closed.

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