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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
UI offers reward for tusk stolen from Museum of Natural History
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is offering a reward in an
attempt to recover a 100-year-old narwhale tusk that was stolen from the
UI Museum of Natural History Aug. 11. In exchange for information leading
to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible
for the theft of the tusk, a reward of $1,000 is being offered, UI officials
The spiral-shaped ivory tusk is about six feet long, weighs about 40
pounds and is approximately two inches in diameter at its base. Museum
officials have said that it looks like a large walking stick. It was acquired
by the UI in the early 1890s.
Persons with information about the theft are asked to call the UI department
of public safety at (319) 335-5022.