300 Pound Gorilla Statue Winds Up In Overland Park Neighborhood

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -  An unexpected, 300-pound visitor appears in a neighborhood this weekend and it has got homeowners around buzzing about how it got there, and how it got out.

Judy Day said she needed to take her dog out on Saturday. But she sees something across the street from her home on Westgate and Long near a neighborhood gazebo.

"It was very dark and I saw this blob across the street and I thought well it could be a coyote because we've seen those or a bobcat or something so I didn't go out I ran back in and got my flashlight ," she said.

Day said once the sun came up, she knew what was staring back at her and picked up the phone to tell another neighbor.

"I said I have a gorilla across the street and she says 'What?' And I said 'Well its not real but I have no idea where it came from,'" Day said.

The gorilla statue popped up sometime this past weekend.  But the grass-stained statue's visit was short-lived, as police took him in.

Well, sort of.

The gorilla is solid concrete and police officer Jackie Zickel said it weighs about 300 pounds.

"Due to the weight, officers couldn't put it in a car so they had to get a tow truck there to get it and they just used the crane on the back of the tow truck to lift it into the flatbed," she said.

Day said this isn't the first time statues have gone missing from lawns.

"There has been some things that have disappeared. I think this might be hopefully maybe just pranksters," Day said.

Officers said they want to find out who this statue belongs to.  "DD Statuary" is molded on a corner.  But they said the statuary manufacturer says hundreds of these molds have been sold throughout the country, and there's no way to tell who bought this one.

If you have any information about this statue, call the Overland Park Police Department.

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