Community helps track down 6-foot flamingo stolen from N.B. store's lawn

A six-foot-tall pink flamingo that vanished without a trace from the front lawn of a popular Fredericton, N.B. store this weekend has been returned to its rightful owner thanks to help from the local community.

See Full Article

The wire-frame bird, named "Winnie," is the mascot for the Whimsy furniture store. Sarah Perkins, the store's owner, told CTV Atlantic that it disappeared from the business' lawn in the middle of the night on its second anniversary Saturday.

"The gall. How could somebody do this?" said Perkins. "(It was) quite disappointing just to see her gone and not being able to get another to replace her."

Perkins turned to social media in hopes of tracking down Winnie. Under the hashtag #BringBackWinnie, Perkins received hundreds of shares and comments from people expressing their disgust over the incident and hoping that the store's mascot would be found.

She also shared photos of the missing bird on the store's Facebook page.

We are absolutely apalled to come in to the shop today, our anniversary weekend, to find our flamingo Winnie GONE ...

Posted by Whim•sy on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Not long after it went missing, someone spotted the bird and contacted police.

"I got a random call from the Fredericton Police Force that said we've got a flamingo that looks like it's got your name on it, and they just happened to find it," said Perkins.

Winnie is a little bit worse for wear, but Perkins is just grateful to have her back. She doesn't plan on pursuing any charges.

"She's broken, she's tattered. We'll hopefully sturdy her up and get her back out next week … but power of community and social media – I'm telling you," said Perkins.

"I'm very happy. Love (having) her back."

With a report from CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • U.S. President Donald Trump on terror attacks: 'I’m 10-0 ... I’ve called every one of them'

    World News Toronto Sun
    A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. Source
  • 3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

    World News CBC News
    In this 2009, file photo, a mother holds her baby receiving a malaria vaccine as part of a trial in Western Kenya. The World Health Organization says three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine. Source
  • Four-year-old girl falls from moving bus onto busy highway

    World News CTV News
    A local volunteer firefighter and licensed EMT is being hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of a four-year-old girl who fell out of the back of a moving bus. Ryan Ciampoli captured the shocking moment on his vehicle’s dashcam as he drove behind the bus on Highway 65 in Harrison, Ark. Source
  • Sean Hannity calls sexual harassment accusation ’100% false’

    World News Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — Sean Hannity says accusations of sexual harassment from a former Fox News guest are “100% false and a complete fabrication.” Debbie Schlussel tells Tulsa, Oklahoma, radio station KFAQ that Hannity repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel with him during a book signing event and a broadcast of his show in Detroit. Source
  • Edmonton gas station employee dragged in gas-and-dash

    Canada News CTV News
    RCMP in Edmonton are on the hunt for a man who allegedly ran over a gas station employee during a gas and dash Saturday afternoon. Chu Thai, the manager of the Superstore Gas Bar where the incident took place, told CTV Edmonton the employee attempted to stop a man from leaving the gas station without paying, when the suspect took off. Source
  • EU Commission throws weight behind Macron in French election

    World News CTV News
    BRUSSELS -- The European Union's head office has thrown its weight behind Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential runoff against Marine Le Pen, arguing it is a choice between the defense of the EU or those seeking its destruction. Source
  • Bill O’Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Bill O’Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast Monday evening. Fox News Channel’s parent company fired O’Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by women. Source
  • As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- With a budget deadline looming, U.S. President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S. Source
  • Hamilton man in naval spy case wants info on CSIS wiretaps of Chinese Embassy

    Canada News CBC News
    A naval engineer from Hamilton, accused of trying to spy for Beijing, is asking a federal judge for full access to information about Canadian Security Intelligence Service wiretaps of the Chinese Embassy. Qing Quentin Huang says federal secrecy has placed him in an "impossible position" as he prepares to defend against espionage charges. Source
  • Haley won’t rule out strike vs North Korea for nuke testing

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, isn’t ruling out a U.S. strike against North Korea if Pyongyang tests another nuclear missile. Haley spoke on several television networks Monday morning, praising China’s involvement in trying to pressure North Korea to cease missile testing and criticized its leader, Kim Jong Un, as unstable and paranoid. Source