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Endangered Monkeys Stolen From Blackpool Zoo
Thieves who stole five endangered monkeys from Blackpool Zoo are feared to be planning on taking them abroad.
The animals were snatched overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday when the thieves cut a hole in the perimeter fence of the zoo and approached two separate monkey enclosures.
They then removed the locks and took monkeys from each enclosure.
Two female and one baby Cotton-top Tamarin - a critically endangered species - and two male Emperor Tamarins were stolen.
The zoo says all need specialist care and keepers are very concerned about their welfare.
Zoo director Darren Webster said: "We are extremely saddened by the theft of these monkeys and it is imperative they receive the correct care in order to survive.
"All the animals were born here at Blackpool Zoo and are part of our zoo family, so I would like to urge anyone with any information to contact the police."
PC Steve Higgs, of Blackpool Police, said the theft had clearly been planned carefully.
The 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.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting log number 0583 of April 30.