Monday 12 May 2014

Four stolen monkeys returned to Blackpool Zoo

Four of the five stolen tamarin monkeys have been found at an an address in West Yorkshire and returned to Blackpool Zoo, with the four-month-old cotton-topped tamarin still remaining at large. It is believed the media attention the crime received led the monkeys to be abandoned.

Andy McWilliam from the National Wildlife Crime Unit said, “It is good news that these endangered species have been recovered and are being cared for at the zoo. We are still making every effort to trace those responsible for this crime.”

The burglary happened overnight between Tuesday 29 April and Wednesday 30 April and the thieves stole two female and one baby cotton-top tamarins, which are a critically endangered species, and two male emperor tamarins.

Police believe the animals were targeted specifically.

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