In the midst of the explosive tragedies that have shook our nation, across the pond slightly ‘less’ tragic events have taken place.
I think this is one of those cases where shock and triviality go hand in hand. Seriously. Four rhino heads were stolen from a museum in Dublin, Ireland. Rhino heads. Who steals rhino heads? Those suckers are heavy, aren’t they?
According to ABC News, “Four rhinoceros heads worth more than $630,000 have been stolen from the National Museum of Ireland by a gang who overpowered a security guard.” I, admittedly, scoffed at this headline. A single security guard was overtaken by a gang. I was definitely expecting more than one.
I’m not very familiar with this particular museum, but it sounds like the movie Night at the Museum, where the museum only employs one night guard. I very much doubt the animals and other things on display came to life, but you know what I mean. One security guard? I would hope that our own national museum in Washington D.C. has more than one guard to protect the nation’s treasures.
Let me get back to the four rhinoceros heads. The news report stated that the heads were probably taken to supply an illegal trade of powdered horn that is used in traditional medicines. Seems legitimate, right? Sure, let’s go with that. The article does address another similar crime that took place in France. However, the theft involved was apprehended during the theft.
Apparently, late last month in France, a man broke into the Natural History Museum in Paris. He went into the gallery of comparative anatomy and used a chainsaw to remove one of the tusks from an elephant skeleton. I guess in the long run, stealing tusks from Museum is a lot easier than poaching from the wild. But still, that’s a terrible crime to commit. Animals with tusks, dead or alive, should be left alone.
What still gets me, though, when I read this article is that I don’t understand how the gang was able to get the rhino heads off the wall, carry them through the museum and into whatever getaway vehicle they planted the heads into.
Unfortunately the article doesn’t go into how the crime was committed, just that it took place. It was interesting news, nonetheless. Despite the shocking triviality of the article content, it’s still nice to know that the entire world isn’t falling apart at the seams.
Also, for those concerned individuals, there were no guards injured during the committing of the crime(s). The guard in Dublin was simply tied up, and was able to free himself to raise the alarm that there were perpetrators on the premises. Unfortunately, the thieves have not yet been apprehended.