- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The city of Santa Fe is working to replace the tail mysteriously stolen off its well-known metal donkey statue.

The Santa Fe Arts Commission announced Tuesday it’s working with artist Taylor Mott to reconstruct and replace the tail on the burro sculpture.

The metal sculpture of a burro that stands at one end of Santa Fe’ Burro Alley was recently vandalized and its tail was ripped off.

Police have no clues on any possible tail bandits and is offering a $1,000 reward.

The sculpture by artist Charles Southard, part of the city’s collection of about 75 pieces of public art, was commissioned in 1988. It’s valued at $12,500.

Mott is working to create a replacement tail for the artist’s review and approval. When approved, officials say the tail will be welded in place.

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