One of the much discussed Brisbane Street Mall Tasmanian Tigers has met its untimely end, at least until it repaired and replaced.
One of the tiger pups, nearer to the Charles Street end of the mall, was found by City of Launceston Council cleaners early on Sunday morning.
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Mayor Albert van Zetten said the thylacine statue had been found laying beside its fixings.
"The pins holding the statue in place had been broken and it will now be send back to the artists to be repaired and then reinstalled once that has taken place," he said.
It had been revealed in an earlier council meeting the statues cost in excess of $20,000.
Mr van Zetten said it was not known how the statue was dislodged from its place, but the cost of repair works would end up being be footed by ratepayers.
The statues have been a point of contention for some time after complaints about them being a hazard were continually raised.
In April last year the placement of the statues was subject to a risk assessment.
The council in February this year to relocate the statues to improve pedestrian safety. Two of the 10 statues were relocated.
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