Stolen Stuffed Buffalo Turns Up in Chapel

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - A stuffed film-prop-turned-college-mascot was found suspended from a chapel ceiling at Milligan College.

The 1-ton buffalo was found dangling from a chain Wednesday after it was stolen from the college field house Easter weekend. A broken horn from the animal was left on the chapel baptistery.

A flier posted around campus attributed responsibility for the theft to a group called Deep 6. The flier described the group as, "a service organization committed to, among other things, the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of buffaloes."

Stealing the mascot, only to return it later has been a long tradition at Milligan. However, those thefts were of a fiberglass buffalo.

The current mascot is a stuffed buffalo that is 7 feet tall and 9 feet long and formerly served as a prop in the film "Dances With Wolves."

The flier said the buffalo had been in Montana for two weeks visiting Two Socks, a wolf befriended by actor Kevin Costner in the film.

The prank did not amuse college officials.

"This is a case of criminal activity, they are common criminals," Dean of Students Mark Fox said Wednesday

The theft is being investigated by police.

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