Four of the five monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been found safe and well after police were inundated with calls from members of the public.
Two female Cotton-top Tamarins, which are a critically endangered species, and two male Emperor Tamarins stolen from Blackpool Zoo earlier this week have all been returned. The baby Cotton-top Tamarin which was also stolen has not been found.
The monkeys were recovered from an address in Yorkshire late on Friday evening after a widespread appeal for information through the media.
PC Steve Higgs, of Blackpool Police, said: “We were inundated with calls from members of the public and 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. “
Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo, collected the monkeys from Yorkshire.
“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.”
Anyone with further information about the thefts should contact police on 101.