Update: Lionel was taken by friendly forces, known to his owner, who are planning to see if he can be repaired. She was notified by text this morning.
His stylist has created a Facebook page of some of Lionel's many costumes over the years: Lionel.
The saga of Lionel the Stylishly Dressed Lion just keeps going. And now there's a disturbing twist.
To recap, earlier this week Lionel was, in the words of his stylist, "mugged." She was planning to assess the damage this weekend to see if he could be repaired. Many readers expressed their affection for Lionel and his stylish and frequent costume changes on UU's Facebook page and in the comments. He's been stylin' at the corner of Montrose and Dayton since 1998.
Late Friday night his owner wrote us that "I came home tonight to find him completely missing. I am flummoxed to say the least (and that’s not a word I say often.) Just the logistics involved leave me baffled."
Where's Lionel? Did someone take him with the intention of fixing him? Was it foul play?
We don't know.
We have told his owner that many offers have come in from Lionel's fans to donate money to pay for his repair, or to purchase Lionel 2.0. If she chooses to go that route, we'll be happy to help publicize the fundraising.
So, if you're a good person who took Lionel and plans to repair him, please let his owner know he's in good hands.
If you're a bad person who stole him before he could even be assessed for damages, well, you just stink.