'Stolen' giant mango found
THE "theft" of a three-storey, seven-tonne mango statue in northern Australia has been revealed to be a publicity stunt by a fast-food chain.
The disappearance on Monday of the Big Mango, a fibreglass likeness of the fruit which is abundant in its hometown of Bowen, made international headlines.
Nando's, a chicken restaurant, said it was responsible for "borrowing" the tourist attraction. "We confess Nando's was behind the moving of the...tourist attraction," it said on its website.
The chain said the reason for the stunt would be revealed soon and that the mango would be put back in place.
The fruit, which was unveiled in 2002 as a tourist attraction, appeared to have been harvested by thieves armed with heavy machinery.
A caller to ABC radio yesterday said the mango was lying in the bush behind the information centre where it usually sits. "It's a pretty hard thing to hide," he said.