Police in the UK say that four monkeys stolen from the Blackpool zoo in a well-planned heist earlier this week have been found safe, though one of the animals is still missing.
On Tuesday night, thieves breached the zoo's perimeter fence and broke the locks on two enclosures, stealing a pair of Emperor tamarins and three Cotton-top tamarins, including a mother and her offspring. Authorities suspected that they may have been taken to be sold as exotic pets.
Four of the tamarins were recovered yesterday evening after being found on a doorstep about 60 miles from where they were stolen. The whereabouts of the both the baby and the thieves remain unknown. Police say the investigation to find them is still underway.
"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," the zoo's head of primates, Charlotte Pennie, told the BBC.
"The monkeys have all been checked and reintroduced back into their group."