A UW-Madison sorority student was shocked to see a group of boys running away with flamingo props, many representing cancer survivors and victims.
On Wednesday, the alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority installed a flock of flamingos on Bascom Hill. Donors bought their birds to raise money for a breast cancer fund.
Before meeting to take down the display, one of the girls saw four boys running away with bags of the flamingos, which were to be returned to donors. Many bore name tags of friends and family affected by the disease. The student couldn't catch the thieves, but snapped a photo as they ran away.
On Thursday, even the University took to social media hoping to track down the thieves. The official @UWMadison Twitter account published the photo, captioned "stealing from a #cancer fundraiser = uncool."
The sorority agrees.
"I was really upset that someone on our campus would even think about taking these flamingos," said Sorority President Jessica Chang. "In previous years we'd have people come up to us and say they would like to purchase a flamingo, and that's awesome because they can still donate, but for people to just take them, and not even let us know, and run away while we're trying to chase them down, it wasn't very helpful. I just hope they return them."
Chang says it is the event's fifth year. So far the sorority has raised more than $1,500 for breast cancer this school year. The flamingo thieves remain at large.