MODESTO (CBS13) — A frustrated Modesto Farmer was left with many questions after a bizarre burglary at his popular petting zoo. Late last week someone stole some emu and goose eggs as well as a rabbit and cage, essentially ruining the educational experience for hundreds of children over the weekend.
Farmer John Bos said the crime felt like “a like a shot to the heart.” It happened sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning at a farm he has operated in Modesto for the last 13 years.
Among the unusual stolen items were four emu eggs, three goose eggs, the pallet box they were displayed in. The black bunny, its new cage and a bag of food also disappeared.
Bos said he recently bought them at a fundraiser to support the industrial arts program at Ripon Christian High School.
“You know, we are coming up on Easter,” Bos said. “Someone either needed a pet really badly or they’re gonna sell it somewhere.”
The rabbits and the eggs were all part of Baby Animal Days at the farm. The third annual event typically draws thousands of children to Dutch Hollow Farms every year.
“This is a family-fun experience and educational tour, and the parents are as excited or even more excited than the kids themselves,” Bos said.
Leticia Garza has cared for the animals at the farm for the last several years.
“I don’t think its right, you know? Because you make an effort to put this all together and some people come in and take it away. That’s sad,” she said.
For now, the exhibit is left with a huge hole and just one remaining emu egg, which has left Bos debating whether he should even place it on display. Luckily the Tuolumne County woman who supplied him with the emu eggs has offered to replace them in time for the busy Easter weekend.
“Now I feel a little gun shy putting anything back in this area,” Bos said.
As a result of this bizarre burglary, Bos said he’s now installing security cameras.