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Rare conifer stolen from botanical garden


SEATTLE (WKOW) -- A seven-foot conifer was cut down from Seattle Arboretum, but the culprit was getting more than your everyday Christmas tree.

The tree is a rare, endangered species from China that may be impossible to replace.

The manager of the University of Washington Botanical Gardens says he nurtured the tree since it was a seedling.

The tree came to America back in 1998 from Yunnan province.

There are over 20,000 trees, shrubs, and plants at the gardens, and officials have considered dousing them with a stinky mixture of animal urine to ward off people wanting to steal the trees for Christmas.

Online reporting by Thomas Strieker.

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