updated 10/19/2008 3:26:59 PM ET 2008-10-19T19:26:59

A (two-meter)6-foot-tall camel named Moses and his pint-size pony sidekick are missing from a Texas zoo.

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

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

He says he and the staff are "heartbroken."

Hicks says he last saw both animals in a zoo pasture Tuesday night. They were gone in the morning.

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

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