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This undated photo shows the rock formation Trollpikkenin before its damage, in Egersund, western Norway. A group of activists have started to collect money to repair the penis-shaped rock formation and a popular tourist attraction after it was found badly damaged Saturday June 24, 2017. It was discovered cracked complete with drilling holes in the rock - something that experts say suggests strongly that it was cut off on purpose. (Ingve Aalbu/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Norwegians are raising money to re-erect a penis-shaped rock formation


Norwegian activists are working to raise money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation, which is also (unsurprisingly) a tourist destination, that had been damaged.

On Saturday, joggers came across the cracked Trollpikken rock formation. Officials noted that holes had been drilled in the rock, which they said strongly suggests the formation was deliberately vandalized.

The damaged rock formation Trollpikken in Egersund, western Norway, Saturday June 24, 2017. (Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Kjetil Bentsen, who has been pushing to make Trollpikken a more sought after tourist destination, told the local newspaper Dalane Tidende that someone clearly wanted to "cut off the whole formation."

“This is terribly sad, and I’m appalled that someone could do something like this,” Bentsen told the newspaper. He told public broadcaster NRK that he's convinced the formation "will be rebuilt."

By Sunday, more than 500 people had donated $10,600 to help with the cost of repairs.

Police in Norway are still trying to determine who is responsible for damaging the landmark. If convicted, the person could face up to a year in prison for a serious environmental crime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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