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Frantic Texas zoo officials report theft of camel and pony that are 'best friends'
CEDAR CREEK, Texas (AP) _ A 6-foot-tall camel named Moses and his pint-size pony sidekick are missing from a Texas zoo.
Officials at Capital of Texas Zoo near Austin reported the theft of the kid-friendly creatures this week.
Zoo founder Michael Hicks says that the 3-year-old camel and the nearly quarter-century old pony, named Coco, are "best friends" and follow each other.
He says he and the staff are "heartbroken."
Hicks says he last saw both animals in a zoo pasture Tuesday night. They were gone in the morning.
He has offered a $400 reward for information leading to their safe return.
CEDAR CREEK — A camel named Moses and his Shetland pony sidekick Coco have been found unharmed about a mile from the Capital of Texas Zoo a week after they went missing.
Zoo Director Michael Hicks said they were found grazing in a pasture on a cattle ranch Tuesday. Hicks thinks someone dropped the two off in the pasture because it was gated. The gate wasn't locked.
Willie Jones, who spotted the pair, called the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office and a detective notified Hicks. Jones will receive a $3,000 reward.
Hicks said Moses galloped over when he arrived with a bucket of food.
"Moses was awfully glad to see me and was gamboling around like a puppy," Hicks said in Tuesday's online edition of the Austin American-Statesman. "The pony is ornery and 20 years old so I don't know if she was happy to see me."