Search For Missing NSW Monkey Continues
The search for a stolen monkey continues after two men were charged over the theft of three marmosets from a wildlife park south of Sydney.
Police found a four-week-old baby Pygmy Marmoset in a car with two men southwest of Sydney on Sunday afternoon following a tip-off.
Experts had said the baby monkey would likely die if separated from its mother for more than 24 hours. Two men, aged 23 and 26, were arrested and charged with dealing with proceeds of crime, police said.
Both men have been refused bail and are due to front Campbelltown Local Court on Monday.
Following extensive inquiries by Wollongong police, a second monkey was located on Sunday evening in the Campbelltown area.
Both recovered monkeys have been returned to the wildlife park.
The baby marmoset, its father, Gomez, and its young sister, Sophia, were stolen from the Symbio Wildlife Park, on the NSW south coast, on Saturday.
"We are assessing the condition of the young, and will re-introduce to mum as soon as possible," Symbio staff posted on social media on Sunday night.
"THANK YOU to all of our followers for your continuing support and assistance in having the successful return of our baby - but the ordeal is not over yet."
It was fortunate the baby was found on Sunday as experts had warned it would likely die if kept away from its mother for more than a day, as it is still suckling and dependent upon her.
A zookeeper had also told police its twin, who was left at the zoo, could also die because the mother was too stressed to feed it.
Police and wildlife experts are urging anyone with information about the missing monkey to contact Crime Stoppers.
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