It sounds like story straight out of The Onion, but German authorities have found the stolen "golden biscuit" taken by a thief claiming to be the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster from German cookie company hanging from a horse statue in Hanover, Germany.
British newspaper The Telegraph reports that the cookie-shaped ornament, taken from a statue outside German cookie manufacturer Bahlsen's headquarters last month, has been found hanging around the neck of a horse outside Hanover's Leibniz University.
The theft had made international news after the company received a ransom note and a photo of the alleged thief dressed as the Cookie Monster while holding the stolen gilded bronze biscuit.
The "Cookie Monster" demanded that Bahlsen donate free cookies to a local children's hospital.
Bahlsen chief executive Werner Bahlsen promised to donate to the hospital, along with 52 other organizations, a total of 52,000 biscuits if the sign was returned unharmed.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that German police had received a second ransom note from the "Cookie Monster" composed of cut out magazine letters.