An elephant has gone missing in Texas and its worried owners are offering a $500 reward for its return.
The Darnell family last saw Bon Bon Babar last Friday, chained to the front porch of their home on West Avenue F in the city of Garland. He couldn't have escaped on his own, the family says, because he's, well, a 400-pound bronze statue.
But although Bon Bon Babar isn't your typical living, breathing pet, the Garlands are still shocked and heartbroken that he's been stolen -- particularly as he was a present that Beverly Darnell had given to her husband, Gene.
"You save and save for something and you do the things you're supposed to," a distraught Beverly told KXAS-TV of nearby Dallas. "And somebody can just come and take it all away from you."
Apparently, the theft happened in broad daylight while Beverly was home. The thieves were slick, WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth reports, leaving no trace of tire tracks or dolly tracks -- leading the family to believe that the thieves picked it up and carried it to its new home.
But the family isn't looking for revenge or to get anyone in trouble. They just want Bon Bon Babar back in one piece, and are willing to pay $500 for whoever brings him back.
"I'd like my elephant back," a visibly upset Beverly told WFAA. "If you'll bring it back, that'll be the end of it."
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Click through our gallery to see some of the most offbeat, quirky conversions around.
This conversion may not be a home, but we're making an exception because, come on -- how can you give the short shrift to an amusement park that's been constructed out of a nuclear plant? Giving a 1 million pound reactor quite the makeover, Wunderland theme park is in Kalkar, Germany, and features hotel rooms, bars, amusement park rides and restaurants.
Touted as the world's most sophisticated nuclear plant, construction on the reactor began in 1972. But Chernobyl was a huge buzz, and prompted public outcry noisy enough to halt its construction. It sat dormant until a Dutch businessman snatched it up and transformed it into an entertainment complex that sees 600,000 visitors a year.
Built in 1892, this home was the "Ships of the Sea Museum" until it underwent a full-blown makeover that transformed it into a luxury home. The home offers stunning views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The home has an elevator that lifts you up through three stories brimming with "custom finishes and fine craftsmanship," according to the listing. You can also use the home's winding glass staircase if you want a little exercise.
How about that! Apparently, a residence in Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands rests inside the sturdy shell of a what used to be a water tower. By the looks of a blueprint of the tower we found on TreeHugger.com, the structure has 7 floors.
Location: Carmel Valley, Calif.
Price: $2.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 21,718
With Armageddon just around the corner (according to the Mayans), house hunters may want to start thinking about how to ride out all that impending fire and brimstone. This converted 10-story satellite dish built to withstand a five-megaton nuclear hit is one option.