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Gumamon statue in Tumon damaged

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If you've driven or strolled in Tumon, chances are you've probably seen the adorable Gumamon in front of the Sandcastle. The fiberglass and cement statue, stationed in Tumon since 2016, was recently damaged.

One of the creature's fins was broken off, along with some chipped cement and paint on the podium. Jenelyn Abinales is operations manager and says that they're offering a $500 reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible.

"We wanted to be a steward for Guam in our sustainable community," she said. "With this we try to make it as interactive as possible for both our locals and tourists, so it's very special to us and it does cost a lot of money, and to see it damaged, it's very discouraging."

 

It was during their daily check of the statue when they noticed the damage. Abinales adds that they did not make a report with the Guam Police Department in hopes the person(s) responsible will come forward and make amends. When the company took to social media, a photo was sent to them which showed several people crossing the barrier and climbing the statue.

"With so many people as seen in the photo, maybe like eight to nine people, adult-sized, climbing on something this big, that also is gated that has chains around it that says don't do this," said Abinales.

'Guma' means 'home' in CHamoru and 'mon' is short for monster. The story goes that Gumamon came from the depths of the Marianas Trench and loved the island so much, he made it his home.

If you have any information, you can contact Gumamon on Facebook and on Instagram.

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