There has been a fourth mysterious disappearance of monkeys from the Dallas Zoo
There has been a string of suspicious events at the Dallas Zoo, including the release of a leopard and the death of a vulture, and now two monkeys have been reported stolen. Monkey keepers discovered the emperor tamarins were gone on Monday and notified the police. Since monkeys of this species tend to stick close to their home territory, the zoo staff has concluded that the animals were likely stolen.
The enclosure had been “intentionally compromised,” according to the zoo. The two primates were reported missing, and the police believe someone may have made a hole in the habitat and removed them. Last month, a young clouded leopard escaped from its exhibit through a cut-out hole, setting off a chain of suspicious events at the zoo. In the end, nobody got hurt.
The workers also discovered that the enclosure of a group of langur monkeys had been deliberately damaged, though the monkeys were unable to escape. The body of a critically endangered vulture with a “unusual wound” was discovered last week in its enclosure. The “very suspicious” death of the bird, of which there were only 6,500, shocked the world.
The loss of Pin, a lappet-faced vulture at the zoo for the past 35 years, was described as “devastating” by staff members. Dallas police have refused to comment on whether or not the incidents are connected, and no arrests have been made in any of the investigations. The zoo has increased the number of its cameras and the frequency of its nighttime security patrols since the eerie incidents first began.
While someone “really has an issue with the Dallas Zoo,” the zoo has a “excellent” reputation, according to Ed Hansen, CEO of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
Long, white whiskers on an emperor tamarin monkey are often mistaken for moustaches because of their unique appearance. They are thought to have been named after Wilhelm II, the last German emperor and a fellow moustache wearer. More than 2,000 animals call this 106-acre (43-hectare) zoo, which is the largest and oldest in Texas, home. In 2004, a 300 pound (136 kilogramme) gorilla escaped its enclosure and injured four people before it was shot and killed.