If it was intended as an early April Fools' Day joke, it wasn't a very funny one.
On Saturday night, vandals splashed green paint on the Big Blue Bear, the symbolic mascot of the Colorado Convention Center, and of Denver tourism in general -- if you don't count DIA's demon Mustang, that is. See photos and video below.
Whodunit? There have been no claims of responsibility yet, and Denver police haven't made any arrests. Meanwhile, tourist groups aren't overreacting.
If you have any doubts about how big a part the Blue Bear plays in marketing the Convention Center, they'll be dispelled by one look at its Facebook page, which uses these images as profile pics:
The same is true for Visit Denver. Just over a week ago, the tourism organization shared the following photo on its Facebook page: At this writing, neither organization has posted anything about the vandalism incident, which appears to have involved getting onto the Convention Center's roof and pouring green paint from overhead.
But Denverites certainly noticed the change in color scheme.
What's your take? Consider as you check out the following images, culled from a Fox31 report also seen here.
Continue for more photos, plus a video.
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The Fox31 report: