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French statue gets detachable penis to thwart thieves

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Daniel Uria
A statue in Parc Mauresque in France will receive a removable penis after a number of thefts. The new appendage will be attached to the statue for ceremonies and removed promptly after to avoid further instances of vandalism. 
 Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy/Shutterstock.com
A statue in Parc Mauresque in France will receive a removable penis after a number of thefts. The new appendage will be attached to the statue for ceremonies and removed promptly after to avoid further instances of vandalism. Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy/Shutterstock.com

ARCACHON, France, April 19 (UPI) -- A town in France has seemingly found a solution that will prevent locals from vandalizing a statue of Greek hero Heracles.

The town of Arcachon has decided to create a prosthetic removable penis that can be attached to the statue of Heracles, or Hercules, in Parc Mauresque after years of vandals stealing the appendage.

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"Considering Heracles' fragile manhood we've chosen to give him a removable prosthetic that we can add to the statue before each ceremony," deputy mayor said, according to The Local."This is the best solution, otherwise you just end up constantly chasing after the anatomy of Heracles."

A number of unsolved cases of thefts of the statue's penis have been reported in the area throughout the years and Mayor Yves Foulon decided it was time to put the "systematic" issue to rest.

"I wouldn't want anyone - not even my worst enemies - to go through what happens to this statue," he said.

No information has been given about the design or dimensions of the new appendage that will be added to the 10-foot tall statue, although it has been confirmed that it will only remain on the statue during ceremonies.

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