By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Feb 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Update: The full story about the giraffe was eventually unearthed and can be read right here.

For years, I drove, walked and biked past this yellow giraffe in a yard that's on Lincoln Memorial Drive across from Lake Michigan and wondered about its (his? her?) story. The possibly vintage structure appears to be a piece of playground climbing equipment, and yet, I have never seen any children on it.

There’s something both whimsical and lonely about this metal giraffe, especially because it's the only thing standing in a massive yard that’s below a house high on a hill.

Recently, a sign appeared on the fence that borders the yard, reading "Free the giraffe." It’s a small sign with a simple, adorable and accurate painting of the giraffe. It made me consider who put it there and why – and if the giraffe owners are aware it's there.

With these questions and more in mind, I decided to knock on the door of the giraffe's house today. The front door to the house is located on East Back Bay Street which borders Back Bay Park. A quick Google search revealed the home has 13.5 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. (And one giraffe.)

I rang the doorbell of the house, twice, but no one answered. I left a note and my business card, asking the owners to contact me so I could find out more about the giraffe. I hope I hear back. In the meantime, if anyone has any information about this giraffe, I’m all ears. And all neck, of course.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.