The sculpture went missing last month from the Bahlsen food company which makes and distributes the successful Liebnitz brand of cookies and other delectably sweet goodies. Flash forward a few weeks, when a "ransom note" arrived at the offices of the local newspaper, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, complete with a photograph of the Cookie Monster with the cookie in his/her mouth, stating that the cookie was indeed safe and would only be returned if certain demands were met.
The initial letter demanded, among other things, that the company provide yummy goodies to all the rooms at a local children's hospital if it ever wanted to see the prized golden cookie again. The head of corporation, Werner Michael Bahlsen, immediately offered 52,000 packs of cookies (called "biscuits" in Europe) to different organizations upon the emblem's safe return, but Bahlsen also stated that the company would not meet the thief's demands and that it "refused to be blackmailed" or give in to extortion.
This gave the Cookie Monster Thief a change of heart, as a second letter arrived this week, stating the precious sculpture would be returned: "Because Werni [Werner Michael Bahlsen] loves the biscuit as much as I do and now always cries and misses the biscuit so badly, I'm giving it back to him!!!"
No word on whether the sculpture has been returned to its rightful owners as of now, but hopefully some sick children in Germany are enjoying some sweet treats due to the Cookie Monster's civil disobedience protest! Should we look for more such protests to hit Sesame Street in the coming months? Time shall tell...
Update...apparently the Cookie Monster was good on his word. The bronze sculpture was recently recovered at a local university, hanging from the neck of a horse sculpture with a red ribbon!