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Hotel loses battle to weasel thieves stealing pork in kitchen

A four-star hotel that repeatedly reported food vanishing in the past several weeks yesterday finally netted one of the thieves - a weasel.

Several weasels infested the Kingtown Hotel on Hongmei Road about 15 days ago. They hid inside hotel kitchens and started stealing food.

It all began with the sudden disappearance of 10 pork chops a chef had just cooked. He put the meat on plates and turned around, but when he turned back, the pork chops were gone.

After that, instances of missing meat dishes were reported at the hotel every day, mostly at night.

The mystery was solved when staff spotted a weasel 50 centimeters long.

But weasels are smart and swift. Workers couldn't catch them. The animals were thought to have hidden under the wooden floor, said Gu Peihong, a manager of the hotel.

Wild animal protection authorities in Minhang District arrived on Tuesday, setting up a cage to capture them. Weasels that are caught would be released into nature, authorities said. Yellow weasels, once common in the city, now are rare.

By yesterday, only one weasel was caught and the others were still "at large," a hotel staff member said.


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