Japanese children are suspected of stealing Bandai?s electronic ?pet bird? as the country is still desperate for the creatures.
The egg-sized virtual pet, manufactured by Bandai, has sold out across the country as the fad has taken the Japanese by storm. A 14-year old told police he had his ?pet bird? or tamagocchi, Japanese for ?lovable egg?, stolen after being threatened by a gang.
Tamagocchis are being sold on the Internet for over 20 times their #10 price and Bandai promised to deliver fresh stocks in April. The digital toy needs to be fed, soothed, and stroked by pushing its buttons. If the owner does not offer it love, it dies after a few days. The appears as a chick on the egg?s screen for the first days of its life, before gradually becoming an adult.
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