Police seek info re: this man and monkeys missing from Dallas Zoo
More trouble at the Dallas Zoo: Two tamarin monkeys were reported missing on January 30, and the Dallas Police Department is now looking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who is possibly connected.
The two missing animals were Emperor tamarin monkeys. The Dallas Zoo told BuzzFeed News that they'd conducted a search near the monkeys' habitat and across Zoo grounds, and did not locate them, and believed the tamarins were taken.
In an ensuing investigation, the Dallas Police Department suggested that the monkeys had been intentionally taken from their enclosure.
Now the police are looking to speak with the man in the photograph above in regard to the missing tamarin monkeys.
UPDATE 1-31-2023: The monkeys have been found. According to a release from the Dallas Police Department, the two missing tamarins were found on January 31, 2023, at around 4:50 pm. Dallas Police received a tip the monkeys may be at an abandoned home in Lancaster and with Lancaster Police, went to the home where the monkeys were found in a closet. The monkeys have been returned to the zoo. The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.
In the photo he's just eating a bag of Doritos [product placement], but the DPD's post has a video that shows him walking very oddly, as if he has something in his super-baggy pants, and he also looks around furtively.
Tamarin monkey at Dallas Zoo.Courtesy photo
Anyone with information on the pictured individual, or in the case is asked to call Detective Edwin Saracay at 214-671-4509 or at Edwin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dallas Zoo has experienced a series of incidents beginning in mid-January, when a clouded leopard got out of its cage. The leopard was found later that day. A DPD spokesman said the fence surrounding their enclosure had a “suspicious opening."
A week later, the Zoo found an animal dead in its enclosure: a lappet-faced vulture who they say had a mysterious wound. The zoo subsequently installed additional surveillance cameras and increased their overnight security patrols.
The Zoo was closed on January 30 due to inclement weather, and remains closed through February 1.