SEATTLE, July 8 (UPI) -- Seattle is spending $5,000 to restore a mural of animals near the Woodland Park Zoo after it was mistakenly covered with a layer of gray paint in May.
The 50-foot mural was painted over after a neighbor called police to complain about graffiti vandals putting their tags on it, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.
Rick Sheridan, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation, said the mural was created by a now-defunct art program for children in the 1990s. The city is looking for a group to take responsibility for the mural.
"We've all learned from this," said Jim Bennett, the zoo's community-relations manager. "The city's learned, we've learned and the neighbors have learned; and it's brought us together to hopefully get it
fixed, and hopefully this won't happen again."