Saturday 3 May 2014

Blackpool Zoo's cotton-top and emperor tamarin monkeys stolen

Five monkeys have been stolen during a "targeted" break-in at Blackpool Zoo, police have said.

Two female and one baby cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were taken when thieves broke into their enclosures, on Tuesday night.

Lancashire Constabulary's Andy McWilliam said officers were "making inquiries across Europe" as there was "definitely a market for the monkeys".

Zoo director Darren Webster said staff were "extremely saddened" by the theft.

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