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Beavernapped! Thieves abscond with the Queen and Beaver’s stuffed mascot, then post hostage photos on Facebook

Hostage photos send to the Queen and Beaver (Image courtesy of Jamieson Kerr)

The Queen and Beaver Public House on Elm Street is known for its food, its drink and its beaver. So what does a hip gastro-pub do when vandals make off with its large, stuffed mascot? Apparently, wait for the beavernapping geniuses to put pictures of their crime on Facebook. We spoke with Jamieson Kerr, owner of the Q&B, about the November 5 theft of his beloved totem. “What happened was they posted pictures of the beaver on their Facebook page. One of my staff knew one of [the thieves].”

The bandits won’t be shortlisted for any evil genius awards in the near future. Aside from putting evidence of a crime on Facebook, posing the beaver with an XBox controller gives us the suspicion that the perps are garden variety, university-age pranksters. Here’s hoping the beaver retains its natural musk and doesn’t come back stinking of Axe body spray.

The good news is that the beaver is due to be returned soon—possibly tonight. The thieves have been contacted, Kerr tells us, adding he “can understand a prank, but we let them know we’re not happy.” If the beavernappers drag their feet on giving the mascot back, the restrained barkeep hasn’t ruled out calling the cops.