BRITISH COLUMBIA
03/29/2014 07:40 EDT | Updated 03/31/2014 12:59 EDT

Lions Gate Bridge Statues Intact, But Stanley Park Lions Vandalized

Police are investigating major overnight damage to two concrete lion statues in Vancouver's Stanley Park, located near the Lions Gate Bridge.

A "concerned citizen" reported the vandalism to city staff on Saturday morning, said Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham in a news release.

The damaged sculptures are among four small lions that guard the overpass above the causeway, said Fincham. They are smaller versions of the iconic lions at south end of the Lions Gate Bridge.

Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert also tweeted a photo of some of the damage:

One lion's face was totally smashed, and the second lion's face and paws were removed, reported CBC News.

"Investigators will be working with the Vancouver Park Board to ensure those responsible are held accountable for taking the roar out of these two lions," Fincham said in the statement.

The two lions guarding the bridge’s south end were designed by Canadian sculptor Charles Marega, who taught at the Vancouver School of Art, reported The Province. The landmark bridge opened in 1938.

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