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How in the World Did Someone Steal This "Extremely Heavy" Bronze Hippo Statue?

A 2-meter tall hippo sculpture was stolen from Chilstone ornament makers in the UK. It took five people to lift the luxurious hippo sculpture in the past. The sheer size of the piece makes it difficult to hypothesize how it was stolen.

From the BBC:

The three-quarter tonne beast, described as "hugely distinctive" by police, was taken from the Chilstone showgarden near Tunbridge Wells.
Officers think the 2m (6ft 7in) sculpture may have been lifted onto the back of a truck by "mechanical means".
Kent Police appealed for witnesses who may have spotted the unusual cargo due to "its sheer size".

Got an idea of how the hippo statue was stolen?

(Image: Kent Police)

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Good puzzle.

Guess #1: The hippo was not cast in a single piece. Therefore it could be disassembled and transported in pieces.

Guess #2: 1,500 lbs is not that heavy. Each foot is only carrying 400 lbs. Use a jack to place a couple or four auto dollies under the feet and roll it away.

Guess #3: 1,500 lbs is too heavy for even five people to carry. It therefore was transported to its intended spot by some mechanical means. The artist and original owner will know how. As them. It was likely removed the same way.
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