2 Missing Monkeys From Texas Zoo Found In An Unusual Place

By Dani Medina

February 1, 2023

Photo: Getty Images

Two monkeys missing from the Dallas Zoo were found by police on Tuesday (January 31).

The two emperor tamarin monkeys, which were believed to have been intentionally taken from the zoo, were found inside a closet of an abandoned building in Lancaster, the Dallas Police Department wrote on Facebook, alongside a photo of one of the monkeys still inside the closet.

Inside the house were animal feces, a room containing pigeons, a water jug containing dead fish and several domestic cats, police said, WFAA reports. Electronics found at the location were also seized by police. This abandoned building was previously at the center of another investigation involving exotic animals.

Dallas Police, with the help of the Lancaster Police Department, located the two missing tamarin monkeys from the Dallas...

Posted by Dallas Police Department on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The emperor tamarin monkeys were taken back to the Dallas Zoo where they will be evaluated by zoo veterinarians.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made yet.

The monkeys were reported missing on Monday after their habitat was "intentionally compromised." After a search of the zoo grounds, crews involved police after an initial investigation revealed the monkeys were taken. Police said zoo staff said the monkeys' enclosure was cut open. The Dallas Police Department released a photo Tuesday of a potential suspect who could be involved in the missing monkeys case.

This marks the fourth suspicious incident at the Dallas Zoo in the past month. A hole was found in a fence at a different monkey exhibit days after a clouded leopard went missing from the zoo. An endangered vulture was also found dead at the zoo from "unusual" circumstances.

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