Someone Stole Four Rare Animal Skeletons From A University Campus Museum in Sydney, Australia – Who Could Do It and Why??

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Four specimens dating back to 1880 were stolen in a bone heist last week, police say. Here’s what Nexter.org has learnt about it.

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A number of rare animal skeletons, including a slow loris and a hippopotamus skull, have been stolen from a museum on a university campus in Sydney.

Source: NSW Police

The heist took place between 11am Wednesday and 9:30am Thursday last week, with the bones stolen from the Haswell Museum at the University of Sydney in Camperdown, New South Wales Police told BuzzFeed News.

Four “rare and valuable” animal skeletons were taken: a full hippopotamus skull, a Hawksbill sea turtle skeleton, a slow loris skeleton, and a dog skeleton.

Source: NSW Police

Three more animal skeletons were recovered from outside the museum. Police believe they were left behind by the thieves after the break-in.

Detective Acting Inspector Mark George said the skeletons were “original specimens” dating back to 1880 that were collected by a natural history dealer and taxidermist from Prague.

Source: NSW Police

“We hope the community can provide us with some fresh information that helps us recover the skeletons, and return them to the museum which is involved in the teaching of undergraduate students,” George said.

The Haswell Museum was established in 1890 and contains approximately 7,000 animal specimens according to the university website.


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