An "extremely heavy" bronze hippopotamus has been stolen from a luxurious gardening business.
The three-quarter-ton beast, described as "extremely distinctive" by the police, was taken by the Chilstone Showgarden near Tunbridge Wells.
The officers think that the 2m (6ft 7in) sculpture could have been raised on the back of a truck with "mechanical means".
Kent police appealed for witnesses who may have identified the unusual cargo due to "its size".
No other objects were stolen during the raid at Langton Green, Wednesday, police
"Difficult to sell"
The task force for rural crime, Nick Lingham, said: "L & # 39 Hippopotamus is extremely heavy and in the past it took five people to lift it. "
"It is clear that those responsible would need a large vehicle such as a flatbed truck and might even need to lift it with mechanical means.
" It is an extremely distinctive object and it is unlikely that the offenders will find it so easy to sell as a waste or a collector. "
On his website, Chilstone is described as a creator of" custom-made "garden ornaments that can boast clients such as Royal Palaces and National Trust.