Brothel lamb finally returns to her flock

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23 Jun, 2015 Updated Tue 23 Jun 2015 10:53 CEST
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A lamb that was stolen from Nuremberg Zoo and found in a Munich brothel nine days later has finally been returned to its flock, the zoo announced on Monday.

Rosi is barely two months old but she's had quite the adventure in her short life. She's lived in a zoo and a brothel, spent time in police custody, and now at last she's back among her own.

“She's doing wonderfully,” a spokesperson for the zoo told The Local. “She's fully integrated back into the herd.”

And she's showing no signs of stress from her adventure, the spokesperson added.

Born at the end of April at Nuremberg Zoo, little Rosi had to be fed by the keepers when her mother didn't suckle her properly.

But, two weeks she disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

The keepers presumed she had been captured by a fox or had drowned in a stream that runs through the grounds.

Zoo director Helmut Mägdefrau said that there had only been one case of theft in the last thirty years.

“A child once stole a penguin,” he told “But he brought it back. When you've got that kind of crime rate you can afford to be a bit relaxed.”

It is unlikely little Rosi sees things the same way.

It appears that thieves, under orders from a Munich-based prostitute, took advantage of the keepers going on their lunch break and smuggled the little lamb undetected out of the premises.

Unlikely find

She was to endure nine days of captivity before finally being released, and even then by a stroke of luck.

Munich police were out on operation, carrying out a drug bust on a brothel. They found marijuana as well as assorted drug paraphernalia.

But to their surprise there was also a three-week-old lamb in the prostitute's room.

Both escort and lamb were taken into custody. But while the sex worker was released a few hours later, Rosi stayed at the station where she was nourished with milk from a bottle.

The prostitute was handed a ban on owning animals. Apparently, Rosi wasn't the first little lamb she'd taken hostage.

“Where she used to live in Wuppertal, the authorities had already confiscated 25 lambs from her,” a police spokesperson told “It seems she really likes sheep.”

Rosi was returned to the zoo in Nuremberg shortly afterwards, but she was quarantined for a month.

Seeking to avoid a repeat grab on their prized lamb, the zoo keepers kept Rosi's location a closely-guarded secret.

But now at last she has been returned to her flock, Rosi is exposed to the harsh whims of the world once again.

“One can't do any thing to stop it happening again,” the spokesperson warned. “If some one wants to put a lamb in their rucksack, there's not much you can do to stop it.”



2015/06/23 10:53

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