Bullwinkle and Rocky disappeared from their perch on the Sunset Strip on the morning of July 22 reports the LA Weekly blog. Moose and squirrel, when last seen, were being lifted airborne on the end of a crane.
The statue had been there since 1961, beside a building that once housed Jay Ward Productions. The sculpture originally parodied an advertisement directly across the street — a spinning cowgirl on a billboard advertising a Las Vegas casino.
LA Weekly has heard several theories for the moosenapping, the most appealing of which is DreamWorks will use the statue to promote its 2014 release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
[Thanks to Robert Whitaker Sirignano.]