Photo above is of The Merlion I took just a couple of weeks ago.
The Merlion had to be 'caged'' yesterday for workers to examine the hole in its head.
A lightning strike on Saturday had taken a chunk off its mane. The debris landed on the statue's base, cracking it.
Testifying to its iconic status, the Singapore Tourism Board lost no time sending in the troops to see to the damage.
Tourists and residents alike gawked at the 8.6m sculpture yesterday, trying to make out its injury through the mass of scaffolding....... and yesterday (photo from the Singapore Strait Times:)