The emperor tamarin monkey, who went missing from the Dallas Zoo earlier this week, was found by police in an abandoned home on Tuesday and is healthy and unharmed, the zoo said.
“Emperor tamarin monkeys Bella and Finn were so happy to snuggle up in their burrows here at the zoo last night!” the zoo said on Facebook. “Our veterinarian and animal care team said that not only did he lose some weight, he showed no signs of injury and started eating and drinking as soon as the team finished his checkup on Tuesday evening. I have.”
The zoo said the monkeys will undergo a quarantine period before being returned to their habitat.
The zoo also said video from surveillance cameras released Tuesday “seems to have been important in generating clues leading to Tamarin’s recovery.” The zoo said there was a $25,000 bounty on hand.
The health update comes two days after the zoo announced that two tamarin monkeys had gone missing and their habitat had been “intentionally endangered.” Dallas police said they had reason to believe the monkey had been taken, the zoo said.
The disappearances follow a series of suspicious incidents involving leopards, langur monkeys and vultures at the zoo last month, all of which have led to increased security.
The missing tamarin was found Tuesday in a closet in an abandoned Lancaster house about 15 miles from the zoo.police published a photo One monkey in the closet was standing on what looked like a fence.
The Dallas Zoo said Tuesday night, “We are incredibly excited to share that our two emperor tamarin monkeys have been found. They will be evaluated by the veterinarian tonight.”
A Louisiana zoo reportedly stole 12 squirrel monkeys over the weekend.
The Dallas Zoo learned Monday that two emperor tamarin monkeys were missing from their enclosure.
Dallas Police have concluded that the monkey’s habitat was intentionally cleared, and said, “It is believed that the animal was intentionally removed from its enclosure.”
The zoo was closed on Monday due to inclement weather, and although it had been previously announced, the closure was extended until Wednesday due to the ice storm.
How the animals left the zoo and ended up in an abandoned house in Lancaster remains a mystery.
Police said on Tuesday that surveillance video and photo of unidentified man They said they were looking and wanted to interview. Police did not say why they wanted to talk to him or when the footage was recorded.
Surveillance video shows a man walking slowly along the zoo’s deserted sidewalks. You can see another person walking in the opposite direction in the background.
of photo show A man in a navy hooded sweatshirt and navy and red beanie eating a bag of Doritos.
The Dallas Zoo has seen some strange animal developments in recent weeks.
A clouded leopard named Nova disappeared on January 13, and the zoo was closed to search for the animal.
Police launched a criminal investigation after discovering the fence around Nova’s enclosure had been “deliberately cut,” they said. Later that day, Nova was spotted near her habitat.
Meanwhile, zoo staff observed similar cuts in several langur enclosures, but none escaped, the zoo said.
Police did not immediately determine if the two incidents were related.
The incident prompted the zoo to step up security, including installing more cameras and increasing nighttime guards and personnel, said president and CEO Greg Hudson. Limits were also placed on the animals’ ability to go out overnight, he added.
A Lappet-faced Vulture named Ping was then found dead in his habitat on January 21. “The circumstances of the death are unusual and do not appear to be a natural death,” the zoo said in a statement.
Hudson said the bird’s death was “suspicious” and that it suffered “unusual wounds and injuries.”
The zoo is offering a $10,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspected vulture deaths.
The incident at the Dallas Zoo and the theft of a monkey in Zoosiana, Broussard, Louisiana, have raised general security concerns, but at least one zoo in Florida has not stepped up security.
“There are already some security measures in place at the Miami Zoo,” said Ron McGill, a wildlife expert and spokesperson for the Miami Zoo, who said there were limits to what could be done.
“If someone decides they want to get in, they’ll find a way,” he told CNN.