Five rare monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo in 'targeted theft'
Three of the animals are a critically endangered species and all need specialist care in order to survive
Five monkeys have been stolen from Blackpool Zoo during an overnight burglary, Lancashire Police have reported.
Two female and one baby Cotton-top Tamarins, which are a critically endangered species, and two male Emperor Tamarins have been reported missing. All need specialist care and keepers are said to be “very concerned” about their welfare.
Police believe the animals were targeted specifically and their details have been circulated to all ports and airports in case the thieves try to take them abroad.
Andy McWilliam, investigations officer at the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said there is "definitely a market for these monkeys" and they are making inquiries across Europe.
Darren Webster, the Zoo’s Director, said they are “extremely saddened” by the incident and stressed it was “imperative” the monkeys received the correct care in order to ensure their survival.
Five monkeys have been stolen from Blackpool Zoo during an overnight burglary, Lancashire Police have reported. “All the animals were born here at Blackpool Zoo and are part of our zoo family, so I would like to urge anyone with any information to contact the police.”
PC Steve Higgs, of Blackpool Police, said: “It would appear from the way that these thieves have broken into the zoo that this was a planned and pre-meditated crime and that the offenders knew what they were looking for and knew that the monkeys would be in the enclosures.
“I would appeal for anyone who has any information or any witnesses who saw anything suspicious on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to get in touch. It may be that there were dog walkers around at that time who may have seen people acting suspiciously.
“I would also appeal to anyone who may be offered these animals for sale to contact the police.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police quoting log number 0583 of 30 April.
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales