Four of the five rare monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been found at a house in West Yorkshire. One baby and two female cotton-top tamarins - a critically endangered species - were taken on Tuesday night, along with two male emperor tamarins.
Thieves cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the Zoo and made their way into the enclosure. They left these 6 behind. The adult monkeys were found last night at a property in Brighouse. The baby, however, is still missing.
Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool zoo, has been talking to ITV about the monkeys.
Four monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been returned home and doing well. But there are concerns for a fifth, a baby Cotton-top Tamarin, which is still missing.
The five were stolen overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday and police say they were inundated with calls from the public before four were found in Brighouse, Yorkshire.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support. This is still a live inquiry as we continue to investigate who was responsible for the thefts.
"I would appeal to anyone who has information or any witnesses who saw anything suspicious on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to get in touch. "
– PC Steve Higgs, Blackpool Police
"We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby Cotton-top Tamarin has not been found."We would like to thank everyone for their support in helping us find the monkeys which were all born here at Blackpool Zoo and are very much part of our family. The monkeys have all been checked and have been reintroduced back into their group."
– Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo