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Bronze fish missing from iconic IU fountain found

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A bronze fish stolen three years ago from Indiana University's iconic Showalter Fountain has been recovered by school officials in less than pristine condition.

Campus art curator Sherry Rouse tells The Herald-Times the water-spewing fish recovered this week is ragged, has "been beaten to death" and also reeks of beer.

The fish is believed to be a replacement for one that vanished during IU's raucous 1987 national basketball championship celebration. The replacement was stolen from the fountain in 2010.

The fish was recovered from an undisclosed location not in Bloomington by school officials who offered immunity from prosecution after an Instagram photo of the sculpture was posted online.

Rouse hopes to have the fish restored and back on the fountain in time for this month's Little 500 weekend.