Vandal attacks Chinese lion statues outside Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

Guardian lions that were donated to the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago last year, and that were vandalized this month. Photo credit: CCAM
Guardian lions that were donated to the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago last year, and that were vandalized this month. Photo credit: CCAM

Why would anyone do this?

Two weeks ago, an unknown man took a hammer to two lion statues that stand outside of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. Within a few minutes, he had knocked out a tooth in the mouth of each statue, before walking away.

The museum has released security camera footage of the man, which do not appear to show the man keeping the teeth as souvenirs. Instead, this seems to be pure — weirdly premeditated — vandalism.

Vandalism that is estimated to have cost $10,000 worth of damage.

(Photo of damage and security camera footage after the jump.)

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