Tampa store wants to know who stole its immaculate miniature horse fetus

The specimen was preserved at Dysfunctional Grace in Ybor City.

Tampa store wants to know who stole its immaculate miniature horse fetus

It’s not every day that someone can visit a perfectly preserved fetal miniature fetus, but Dysfunctional Grace isn’t your everyday store.

Located at 1903 E. 7th Ave, in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida, the retail space — which describes itself as “the only shop in Ybor where death and dysfunction dance in a graceful ballet” — hawks art, furniture and oddities to locals and tourists six days a week.

Animal hides hang from the ceiling and trophy busts of exotic game poke out of the walls. Dysfunctional Grace is the kind of place where you can take a $150 taxidermy class or just buy one of the nearly two dozen formalin-fixed and Everclear-stored preserved animals (a Pac-Man frog, red-eyed crocodile skink and Nile monitor are among the highlights).

It was also a place where you could visit that pristinely-preserved fetal miniature horse… until this weekend. According to a social media post by the shop, some piece of shit decided to steal the damn thing on Saturday when the shop was slammed with customers. Because of a bad camera angle, shop owners can’t use surveillance video to see who stole it. They want it back, though.

“We are offering a reward if you return her,” they wrote. “I get to punch you in the fucking face and you get cash."

Dysfunctional Grace fans have already vowed to watch online marketplaces and nearby oddities gatherings. Zehara Nachash — an “artist, oculist, chihuahua momma snake queen, and forensic anthropology student” — also joked about not being against cursing or hexing the thief. One person even said that she might know who took it.

So yeah, the specimen is resting peacefully in a 2-liter glass jar with its eyes closed. Keep an eye out for it, and call (813) 842-0830 (or email [email protected]) with any tips.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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