A 45kg hand-painted fiberglass cow has been rustled from Elizabeth Vale Primary School in South Australia.
The cow was given to the school in 2012 by Dairy Australia and has had pride of place in the school’s veggie garden.
In 2014, Milko was repainted by 50 students over a period of two months. These students were part of the school’s Intensive English Program and it was one small way of helping them learn English.
Principal, Elizabeth Vale Primary School, Julie Murphy, said she was desperate to have the cow returned before children came back from their school holidays.
“Milko has been an iconic focal point for the school for three years,’’ Ms Murphy said.
“It was donated by Dairy Australia for the purpose of supporting the Health Curriculum in educating primary school-aged children about a balanced diet.’
“I am asking anyone who knows where Milko is, and somebody must know, it’s a 45kg cow painted green, white and black– to help us find it.
“People can do it anonymously if they wish, we just want Milko back where she belongs.
“We have started an online appeal on Twitter using the #findmilko. “Please if you know anything contact SA police.’’
DECD’s Executive Director Infrastructure, Ross Treadwell, said investment in fencing and other security measures across South Australian schools had seen the cost of vandalism fall from $10m in 2008 to $2.6m last year but asked the community to remain vigilant.
“We need the community to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour over the summer holidays to prevent damage to our schools,’’ Mr Treadwell said.
“If you do see anything suspicious please call the police.”