“Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel may be over now, but one little shark made the news in the most unusual of stories.
A small shark stolen from the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas is now safely back in its tank after a harrowing adventure in which the little guy was stolen, put in a stroller — and passed off as a human baby.
Aquarium surveillance cameras on Saturday captured a trio of criminals after they made off with a horn shark. While the little creature is every bit as diabolical-looking as his name sounds, the horn shark is actually rather diminutive by shark standards.
The shark was swimming in an open pool where petting by humans is allowed.
He was minding his own business when he was hijacked from the pool.
The shark bandits — two men and a woman — walked off with the shark and then immersed the poor sea creature in a bucket of bleach water; it is believed bleach “shocks” the animal, as local ABC affiliate KSAT reported.
The bucket was then taken out of the aquarium in a baby stroller.
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Since the crime went down on surveillance camera, Leon Valley Police Chief Joesph Salvaggio believed that police could identify the suspects and track them down.
“It’s very obvious the person knows what he’s looking for and went there specifically for that area,” Salvaggio said. “We got a good look at the person — or persons involved. There’s three people involved.”
Jenny Spellman, general manager of the San Antonio Aquarium, told KSAT that she went into the parking lot and confronted the three thieves, who passed the shark off as a sick baby. A man in the group took off in a truck, leaving the other two behind. All three suspects were at large and face felony theft charges.
“We’ll be surprised if the shark survives,” Salvaggio said at the time. “We sure hope it does, but being outside of that environment that it’s made to be in — the warm water, the salt water — there’s a good chance it won’t make it.”
At first, police thought a call to the station about the incident was a bunch of hogwash.
“We thought it was kind of a hoax, [as] it was Shark Week [on the Discovery Channel] last week,” Salvaggio said at the time. “But it turns out someone actually went inside the aquarium there in Leon Valley and stole a horn shark.”
All’s well that ends well in this story: The shark has been restored to his home in the aquarium, and law enforcement investigators say they’ve obtained confessions from two men involved in the deed, according to the Associated Press.
The woman is still being sought for questioning.
Salvaggio noted that the criminals’ home has so many marine animals inside, it almost seemed like a mock-up of the San Antonio Aquarium.