Symbio Wildlife Park monkey theft: police search for third pygmy marmoset Gomez

Police hopeful of finding missing monkey Gomez Gomez. Pictured in 2015.
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Symbio Wildlife Park managing director John Radnidge (right) comforts park supervisor Ryan Leahy at a public appeal for information on Saturday. Picture: Robert Peet

Jo is the mother and breeding partner of the three stolen monkeys. Jo has shown signs of stress since the theft and zoo staff are unsure whether family’s complex social structure can be restored. Picture: Robert Peet

Pygmy Marmoset monkey Adora and her four-week-old sibling remain safe and well at the park, after their twins were stolen overnight Friday. Picture: Robert Peet

Symbio Wildlife Park managing director John Radnidge at the Pygmy Marmoset enclosure following Friday night’s break-in. Picture: Robert Peet

Jo is the mother and breeding partner of the three stolen monkeys. Jo has shown signs of stress since the theft and zoo staff are unsure whether family’s complex social structure can be restored. Picture: Robert Peet

Symbio Wildlife Park managing director John Radnidge (right) comforts park supervisor Ryan Leahy at a public appeal for information on Saturday. Picture: Robert Peet

TweetFacebookSymbio’s Matt Radnidge speaks on the return of two of the park’s monkeys.Post by Symbio’s Matt Radnidge speaks on the return of two of the park’s monkeys..

The crime manager was also unable to provide information on how police came to find the two monkeys that have been found, only saying it was “members of the public coming forward and providing information via Crime Stoppers”.

Police have revealed the baby monkey was found in a car at the rear of a hotel in Appin on Sunday afternoon.

A second monkey, Sofia,was found after police inquiries led officers to a home in Campbelltown on Sunday evening.

Detective Inspector Ainsworth reissued a public appeal to find the monkey that remains missing.

“We’re looking for the help of the public. The recovery of the two [monkeys] yesterday led to some good work and good information by members of the public via Crime Stoppers and we’re hoping that will continue today [Monday],”

Symbio’s general manager, Matt Radnidge, told the Mercury it was critical to get Gomez back as soon as possible to avoid the social structure of the family disintegrating.

“There’s a couple of people out there that must have given some information, and they’re the heroes of yesterday,” Mr Radnidge said.

“We’re ecstatic at the result thus far, but still very concerned about the remaining animal,” he said.

The zoo’s four-week-old baby marmoset was reunited with her mum late on Sunday afternoon.

A post on Symbio’s Facebook page said: “Mum cradled the baby straight into her arms and bub immediately began to feed.

“Early observations this morning are promising, with two bright-eyed twins observed on mums back – so a great result.”

Detective Inspector Ainsworth said CCTV footage from the zoo had been viewed by police, but the vision was of little assistance to investigators.

“There is footage there, but nothing that captures the enclosure the monkeys were taken,” he said.

Anyone with information, Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Illawarra Mercury

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