Thieves armed with heavy machinery and cranes have made a daring late night robbery in northern Australia, stealing a 10-metre, seven-tonne mango that was a tourist attraction.
The Big Mango, a towering likeness of the fruit which is abundant in the statue's home town of Bowen, in Queensland, is one of more than 150 "big things" erected as tourist attractions across Australia.
The fruit, which was unveiled in 2002, appeared to have been harvested overnight in an ambitious raid, said Bowen Tourism chairman Paul McLaughlin.
"It looks like it was sort of two o'clock this morning-type thing. There was ... some heavy equipment and it looks like they've taken the mango," McLaughlin told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He said he thought it was a joke when he was first informed of the mango's theft but "I've come out and sure enough the mango has disappeared".
McLaughlin said there was surveillance camera footage of the grab and he was sure the plundered fruit would be found.
"At the end of the day it's a bloody big mango and I'm sure someone will see it and we'll find it," he told the Brisbane Times.