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.

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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



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