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ST. LOUIS – A 13-foot tall metal giraffe sculpture was stolen from out front of a St. Louis brewery and its owner is offering a $1,000 reward to get it back.

“With all the bad going on in the world, you try to find things that make you smile,” Civil Life Brewing Company owner Jake Hafner told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “And the giraffe was one of those things.”

Hafner bought the sculpture for $1,800 last year to lift employees’ spirits after a plan to expand the brewery fizzled. The giraffe was added to a display that already included two large dinosaurs. Hafner took down a fence around the animal art in March. 

“I thought, ‘nobody is going to take a 13-foot giraffe,’” Hafner said. “Famous last words.”

Surveillance video from the brewery shows a white box truck pull up June 25 and minutes later the truck and giraffe are gone. The theft has been reported to police. 

It would have likely taken at least two people to move the cumbersome, 160-pound sculpture. 

Hafner is offering $1,000 reward for the giraffe’s return. He will also donate $1,000 to Northside Community Housing, an affordable housing group.