Winnie the 6-foot pink flamingo makes its way back home
Store mascot taken from Fredericton business Friday night, returned to owner Sunday
It's been a wild weekend for a well-known six-foot-tall Fredericton flamingo.
The pink and blinking wire-frame bird disappeared Friday night from the front of the Whimsy furniture store on Main Street.
"It was pretty famous actually, a nice landmark of the north side," said store owner, Sarah Perkins.
"A nice landmark of our store absolutely. It's pretty disappointing to see it gone. Especially on our anniversary weekend."
Perkins says she was crushed when learned the big bright bird had been taken and doesn't have a clue why someone would take it.
"You always blame it on people walking by in the night, doing something silly," said Perkins. "We've all done something stupid, whatever, but this was pretty disrespectful. We'd like to have her back — no questions asked."
And that's exactly what has happened. After the "missing bird" was posted on Facebook and shared by many, Perkins got a call from Fredericton Police Sunday afternoon.
"They were just investigating one of their regular guys," said Perkins. "I guess someone happened to see this guy take it into their house. So police went there and were like 'hand it over'."
"They just said 'Hey, we have a pink flamingo that has your name on it" so I just went over and got it."
Perkins says the bird is broken, but will stand again outside her business. She's said she's just happy to have it back and will not be pressing any charges.