Local media reported that police in the Bavarian town of Kempten, di 79 miles southwest of Munich, are investigating the disappearance, although it wasn’t clear whether a crime had been committed.
“We don’t know whether it is a criminal offense or not,” police spokesman Holger Stabik told local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung di lunedi.
The almost 7-foot-tall (2 metri) sculpture appeared to have been chopped down over the weekend, il giornale ha riportato. All that remained on the 5,702-foot-high (1,738 metri) Gruenten mountain was a pile of sawdust and splinters.
The peculiar sculpture has become a hotspot destination for hikers in recent years and even appeared on Google Maps, where it was classified as a “cultural monument.”
Media outlets attributed its sudden appearance on the mountain to a local legend that says it was made as a prank birthday present for a young man whose family didn’t appreciate the gift. The 440-pound (200-kilogram) sculpture was then hauled up the mountain and left there.
Its disappearance comes just days after a mysterious monolith in Utah made headlines – before suddenly vanishing itself.
The Utah Bureau of Land Management has confirmed that the strange structure was removed by an unknown party. The monolith became a viral sensation after its recent discovery, sparking speculation about what it was and how it got here.
Fox News’ James Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.