A man has been charged after a shark was removed from a petting tank at an aquarium in Texas and smuggled out in a pushchair.
The San Antonio Aquarium said two men had “staked out the pool for more than an hour” before making off with the shark while a staff member was busy helping other visitors.
CCTV showed one of the men repeatedly reaching into the tank before lifting out the 40cm juvenile female grey horn shark, named Miss Helen. The shark was wrapped in a towel and put in a bucket and into a pushchair before the suspects left.
Staff at the aquarium said they were alerted and the two men were challenged in the car park but drove off. Police tracked down the vehicle to the suspect’s home.
Police chief Joseph Salvaggio said: “When we got into the garage and into the house it looked like almost a mock-up of the aquarium. He had a lot of different marine animals in the home.”
The shark was returned to the aquarium and is believed to be alive and well in quarantine. Mr Salvaggio told reporters he thought the suspect had intended to add the shark, which is valued at around $2,000 (€1,700), to his collection.