Missing emperor tamarin monkeys found after Dallas Zoo released photo of Doritos-eating human as animals disappeared
TWO monkeys believed to have been stolen from the Dallas Zoo on Monday have been found in an abandoned local house.
The discovery came after authorities released images of a man they wanted to talk to about the monkeys napping.
Police confirmed the animals were recovered and released a photo of one of the monkeys sitting in the closet where it was found.
“We are incredibly excited to announce that our two emperor monkeys have been found,” said the Dallas Zoo in a expression.
“DPD located the animals early this evening and called our team to come safely and transport the tamarins back to the zoo.”
The two animals are being examined by veterinarians, and zoo officials plan to release more information on Wednesday.
It comes after authorities released video and a photo of an unidentified man they wanted to speak to about the missing monkeys.
The photo appears to show him pacing at the Dallas Zoo wearing a navy blue hoodie and hat while munching on a bag of Doritos.
Dallas police are asking the public to help identify the man.
“Detectives want to speak to the man in relation to the two tamarin monkeys who are missing from the Dallas Zoo,” they said in a statement earlier.
However, it is unclear what connection, if any, he has to the case.
Employees reported the missing animals Monday, claiming the enclosure had been cut open.
The Dallas Zoo released a statement sharing some background on the monkeys and their behavior.
“It was clear that the habitat had been deliberately compromised,” it says.
“Angel monkeys would likely stay close to home – the zoo searched near their habitat and throughout the zoo grounds and did not find them.”
This is the fourth suspicious incident at the Dallas Zoo since the beginning of the year.
A clouded leopard escaped from its enclosure last month, with police learning the fence had been deliberately tampered with.
The 25-pound clouded leopard named Nova was found days later on the zoo grounds.
The enclosures of langurs, a species of monkey, have also been impacted, with the animals remaining in their habitats.
Most recently, an endangered vulture was found dead with an “unusual wound” at the zoo.
“We are so grateful for the support we have received as we understand the unexpected loss of our 35-year-old crested vulture, Pin,” the Dallas Zoo wrote Twitter.
“Losing him is devastating not only for our zoo family but also for the conservation efforts of this species.
“Pin will be greatly missed by all.”
The Dallas Zoo recently expanded its security measures, doubling its security, adding more cameras, increasing its overnight staff, and limiting the number of animals allowed outside overnight.
They also announced a $10,000 reward for any information that might advance the investigation.
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