A 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur was found on a church playground after being stolen from the San Francisco Zoo, NBC reported.
Maki, an endangered lemur, was reported missing Wednesday morning, and officers called to the scene “discovered forced entry to the animal enclosure where the lemur was housed,” a San Francisco Police statement said.
“We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Maki is a highly endangered animal that requires special care,” Dr. Jason Watters, zoo executive vice president of animal behavior and wellness, had said in a Thursday statement, per NBC.
Lemur stolen from San Francisco Zoo found safe in nearby city. https://t.co/DQa5HkThJ4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 16, 2020
The lemur was seen on a church playground in Daly City, which is roughly 4 miles south of San Francisco, according to NBC. Daly City Police then contained the animal until zoo staff arrived. (RELATED: Red Panda Escapes From Ohio Zoo After Giving Birth To Cubs)
“We found Maki, the stolen lemur from @sfzoo!! ” Daly City Police tweeted. “Around 5pm, we got a report he was in the playground area of the Hope Lutheran Church.”
We found Maki, the stolen lemur from @sfzoo!!