A lots squirrel monkeys were taken from a Louisiana zoo on Saturday, less than two days before a pair of monkeys were stolen from the Dallas Zoo, authorities state.
The individual who took the animals in Louisiana burglarized Zoosiana in Broussard– a city about 7 miles southeast of Lafayette– prior to midnight and took the animals from a squirrel monkey exhibition, the zoo stated in a Facebook post
” It’s an extremely unfortunate circumstance, clearly, we’re sad,” Zoosania General Supervisor Matt Oldenburg told NBC affiliate KLAF of Lafayette
The zoo’s vet and animal care group have actually checked the staying monkeys and figured out “there are no other evident problems impacting their health or well being.”
Zoo authorities are dealing with regional, state and federal firms to examine the theft, according to the Facebook post. Broussard Authorities Chief Vance Olivier informed KLAF that authorities are examining monitoring video from around the zoo to attempt to find a suspect, who will deal with a break-in charge.
The theft took place less than 2 days prior to a set of emperor tamarin monkeys were reported missing out on from their enclosure at the Dallas Zoo in what detectives stated they thought was a theft. Those monkeys were found Tuesday in the closet of an abandoned home in Lancaster, a city about 16 miles south of Dallas. The monkeys have actually been gone back to the Dallas Zoo, no arrests have actually been made and an examination into the animals’ disappearance is continuous, the department stated.
The theft of the monkeys in Dallas was the latest in a string of suspicious events to take place at the zoo: a 35-year-old threatened vulture was discovered dead there on Jan. 21 with what authorities referred to as “an uncommon injury.”
Previously in the month, a clouded leopard escaped her enclosure after it was deliberately cut, according to authorities, who stated the langur monkey environment location was likewise cut however none of those animals got away. The leopard was ultimately recorded and gone back to her enclosure.
A representative for the zoo formerly stated it has actually tightened up security steps by including more over night guards and cams. The zoo likewise used a $10,000 benefit for details resulting in an arrest and an indictment in the occurrences, according to the representative.
A representative for the Dallas Authorities informed NBC News the department knows the theft of the monkeys in Louisiana which it’s “going to become part of the continuous examination.”
A representative for the Broussard Authorities Department might not instantly be grabbed remark.
Squirrel monkeys are belonging to South America and have a typical life expectancy of 21 years, according to Animal Diversity Web, an online database kept by the University of Michigan. They reside in groups of approximately 300 monkeys, “with the women forming the main core of the group,” according to the database, which includes that they can live quickly in captivity and were when offered as animals.
Under Louisiana state law, keeping monkeys as animals is prohibited, according to the Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University.
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