What kind of an animal steals a pig? The porcine mascot of April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's seminal West Village gastropub The Spotted Pig was brazenly stolen last night from its home above the restaurant's entrance. Like the animal kingdom's version of Joey Ramone, the prized pig was wrenched from his chains and whisked away into the darkness.

Naturally, the restaurant team would like to know what monster would steal a little piggy from his home, and they're putting out a call to action for neighbors and fans who may have witnessed the robbery or have surveillance footage from neighboring buildings. A plea to the robber: bring home the bacon.

A representative for the restaurant says this isn't the first time the little porker has had reason to fear for his life; previous pignapping attempts have been unsuccessful though, as would-be thieves are either apprehended or unable to remove the pig from his hooks. Let's hope this story has a happy ending.