Lemur stolen from zoo recovered by 5-year-old

Posted by Anita Froneman on 16 October 2020

A ring-tailed lemur called Maki was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo in the United States on Wednesday, October 14. The 21-year-old primate was discovered on a playground on Thursday evening, October 15 and the police was notified.

A 5-year-old boy named James Trinh reportedly saw the lemur when he went to the playground and notified his teacher.

According to AP News, authorities found signs of forced entry to the lemur enclosure. The theft is still being investigated and no arrests have been made. Maki was in good health.

Ed Pool, chair of the San Francisco Zoological board, told ABC7News the board would like to reward Trinh with a lifetime membership to the San Francisco Zoo.

Madagascar is the only country in the world where lemurs naturally occur in the wild and there are 105 different species. Almost a third (31%) of all lemur species in Madagascar are now Critically Endangered – just one step away from extinction – with 98% of them threatened, according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Picture: Pixabay

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