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Concern for baby monkey

Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of a mother and baby tamarin monkeys that are two of five that have been stolen from Blackpool Zoo overnight on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 2, 2014. The raiders cut a hole in the perimeter fence of Blackpool Zoo and removed the locks from two separate monkey enclosures. Two female and one baby cotton-top tamarin, which are a critically endangered species, and two male emperor tamarins were taken. Police believe they were targeted specifically and their details have been circulated to all ports and airports in case the thieves try to take them abroad. Officers are working with the National Wildlife Crime Unit to try to trace them. See PA story POLICE Monkeys. Photo credit should read: /PA Wire 

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require fu

Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of a mother and baby tamarin monkeys that are two of five that have been stolen from Blackpool Zoo overnight on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 2, 2014. The raiders cut a hole in the perimeter fence of Blackpool Zoo and removed the locks from two separate monkey enclosures. Two female and one baby cotton-top tamarin, which are a critically endangered species, and two male emperor tamarins were taken. Police believe they were targeted specifically and their details have been circulated to all ports and airports in case the thieves try to take them abroad. Officers are working with the National Wildlife Crime Unit to try to trace them. See PA story POLICE Monkeys. Photo credit should read: /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require fu

Detectives are continuing to hunt for a baby monkey that was stolen from Blackpool Zoo – amid concerns time is running out for it to be found safe and well.

The critically endangered cotton-top tamarin was among five monkeys stolen on April 29-30.

Two female adult cotton-top tamarins and four male emperor tamarins were found in a cardboard box in Brookfoot Lane, Brighouse, on May 2 – but the baby was not with them.

The zoo has said it is not speculating on the condition of the baby but privately there are concerns for its welfare.

Jude Rothwell, marketing and PR coordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “They are very rare animals and have very specific needs. The four-month-old baby is totally reliant on its mother.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

 

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