updated 10/18/2008 4:47:34 AM ET 2008-10-18T08:47:34

A 6-foot-tall camel named Moses and his pint-size pony sidekick have been stolen from a Texas zoo.

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Officials at Capital of Texas Zoo near Austin reported the theft of the kid-friendly creatures this week.

Zoo founder Michael Hicks said that the 3-year-old camel and the nearly quarter-century old pony, named Coco, are "best friends" and follow each other.

He said staff at the attraction are "heartbroken."

Both animals were last seen in a zoo pasture Tuesday night, Hicks said. They were gone in the morning.

He has offered a $400 reward for information leading to their safe return.

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