Thieves stole bonsai trees worth thousands of dollars from museum
According to details, one of the most expensive trees in world, bonsai, were stolen from the Washington state museum.
The video of surveillance camera showed two people wearing hooded sweatshirts entering and leaving the museum with the trees.
The trees were on display at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Washington from where they were stolen.
"It's a really defeating feeling because as the curator, ultimately, I am responsible for their physical care. It's very frustrating and really discouraging when you've invested years and not just my time, but all of the people who have tended to these plants cumulatively for 75 years,” museum curator Aarin Packard told media.
The officials of museum are hopeful that trees would be returned to them as it is impossible for them to survive without someone's expert care.
"There is a lot of misperception about bonsai. Unless it's a tropical plant or tree, they're meant to be outside. They can have a turn in their health pretty quickly,” museum executive director Kathy McCabe said.
As per museum officials, the trees require special temperatures to sustain and watering is the biggest need for these miniature trees to survive year-round.
The stolen trees have been identified as ‘Japanese Black Pine’ that was grown in a tin can during World War II and ‘Silverberry’, which was created by a female bonsai artist named Kiyoko Hatanaka.
Although there are about 150 trees under museum’s care but only 50 or 60 of them are on display at a time.