DUFFERS who stole a calf called T-bone from outside a steakhouse in Gympie's north have been branded cruel and careless for severing off a hoof during the hasty heist.
The baby cow was one of several brightly coloured cut-outs that line the Bruce Hwy on the Gympie Conference Centre boundary, to advertise the restaurant Flaming Bull Steakhouse.
Made from plywood, the calf was propped next to its mum, Scotch Fillet, before it was ripped from her side on Tuesday night.
All that remains of T-Bone is his hoof, still attached to his mother's metal frame.
The centre's general manager Craig Gardner said staff often arrived at work to find the cattle sculptures had been moved around. Sometimes they are even placed in rude positions, requiring immediate damage control, but this has been the most serious of all incidents so far, he says.
While he could see the funny side, Mr Gardner thinks his head chef Robyn won't take it as lightly because she painted the herd.
Gympie Conference Centre posted an alert on Facebook yesterday for all its followers to be on the lookout for T-Bone.
"Our baby calf T-bone has been stolen," it reads.
"His mother is calling and calling, but T-bone does not come home. If you have seen T-bone or you know who stole him, tell them to have a heart and bring him home. Reward is offered for his safe return."
If you have information that could lead to T-Bone's safe return, phone the Centre on 5483 0000.