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Footage shows suspects ‘stealing shark from aquarium by disguising it as a baby'

Helen the horn shark has been safely returned.

A shark is making a good recovery after being stolen from her tank at the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas.

Helen the horn shark was lifted from an open tank, wrapped in a wet blanket and placed into a pram before three thieves made their escape.

Security footage from the aquarium shows a man leaning over the pool and nabbing the 16in animal, walking off with it in his arms.

An eagle-eyed member of staff saw the trio making off with the animal, and a manager confronted them in the parking area. Unfortunately one of the men managed to drive off.

After a social media campaign and swift police action, Helen was found being well cared for by one of the suspects.

Two of the suspects have confessed, and police are deciding whether to charge the third suspected accomplice, according to Leon Valley police chief Joseph Salvaggio.

On Saturday, July 28th one of our employees reported seeing suspicious activity from a group of three people near one of…

Posted by San Antonio Aquarium on Monday, July 30, 2018

Since her return to the aquarium, Helen has been recovering in quarantine.

“She is doing good so far, and we are hopeful she will recover fully from the shock, and return to her home she is used to,” the aquarium wrote on its Facebook page.

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