Baby meerkat stolen from Perth Zoo returns home

The one-month old went missing on Wednesday, leaving zoo keepers fearing it had been eaten by a predator

Saman Javed
Saturday 22 September 2018 12:18
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Stolen baby meerkat returned to Perth Zoo

A baby meerkat that was stolen from Perth Zoo has been found.

A spokeswoman for Perth Zoo confirmed that the one month old animal was back in expert care after being “illegally taken from its home”.

Western Australia Police said that officers had located the animal following a search warrant at a house in Beverly, two hours out of Perth, at approximately 6pm on Friday.

The baby meerkat was then returned to its nest at the zoo.

WA police said a man and woman are assisting police with inquiries and no charges have been made.

The one-month old animal went missing on Wednesday, leaving zoo keepers fearing it had either been stolen or taken by a predator.

Speaking on Wednesday, Perth Zoo curator of operations, John Lemon, said the staff were devastated by the loss as the zoo was due to hold a public event on Thursday to mark the meerkitten’s birth.

“We take utmost pride in looking after the welfare and husbandry of these animals so we do take it quite tough,” Mr Lemon told ABC Radio Perth.

On Instagram, Perth Zoo posted a note saying it will now try to reintroduce the meerkat back to its family.

The meerkat, which was born on 20 August, is yet to be named as zoo staff are yet to determine the sex of the baby.

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