Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Lions Have Returned

First, read the article. It sums it up better than I could.

The only reason I am posting about this is because I knew where three or four of these long-lost statues were for years, although I never knew they were lost. One of these elephants is the famous Euclid Avenue elephant - it was in the front yard of a house on Euclid in Ontario for years. Everybody local knew about the Euclid Elephant.

When I managed a trailer dealership out in Fontana, our first location was in an old house on a huge lot. Across the street was an empty lot being used to store old circus junk. There were two (or maybe three, I can't recall) weathered concrete lions on the lot. I always thought they were pretty neat, but never knew they were "lost" and wanted by the L.A. Zoo. Years later, I read about how they had been searched for and finally located, scattered all over California. I have to admit, if I had the chance to pick up a life-sized concrete animal for cheap, I'd put one in my yard, too.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

What do you think you would have done if you knew they were illicit? I think that's a funny story, one that you need to write down and tell every time you go to the zoo.

Anonymous said...

i never knew about the Euclid elephant. how do you know all this stuff? how does your brain work? As a raging Narcissist, I'm oblivious to the outside world.

colleeeen said...

Steph, I'm not sure they were illicit. Probably the storage lot got auctioned off and their whereabouts lost track of over time. But if i had known the LA zoo was looking for concrete lions and elephants, I suppose I would have tipped them off.

Stephen, how did you NOT know about the elephant? You'd drive up Euclid through Ontario, and just before you get to the I-10 there was a 10-foot tall CONCRETE ELEPHANT in somebody's front yard! Maybe if it was a 10-foot tall concrete Stephen you might have noticed.

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