The Nittany Lion’s ear is back and good as, well, almost new.
The statue’s damaged right ear has been fixed by Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant.
But earlier Wednesday, thanks to Penn State’s 3-D Printing Club, the Nittany Lion statue had a temporary replacement for its broken ear.
And, naturally, it was blue.
The Nittany Lion’s ear was damaged over State Patty’s Day weekend, and police are investigating it as an incident of criminal mischief.
Police on Monday released photos of four individuals they thought might have information about the incident and later identified them. The investigation is continuing.
It’s not the first time the Lion has had trouble with its right ear. The statue, which was sculpted from a 13-ton block of limestone in 1940, was vandalized in 1978 and 1994.
In 1979, sculptor Heinz Warneke, then 84, made a cast for a new ear.
The Lion lost the ear again in 2003, but it wasn’t thought to be vandalism.