Serial animal mysteries at the Dallas Zoo: after the strange death of a vulture, the escape - of short duration - of a clouded leopard, the Texas police are now investigating the disappearance of two emperor tamarin monkeys, and suspect a theft .
The menagerie of this major oil town in Texas, known for the eponymous television series, reported to law enforcement on Monday that these two primates were nowhere to be found.
Their enclosure “damaged on purpose”
It was clear that their enclosure had been damaged on purpose
,” the establishment said on Twitter.
We believe the animals were deliberately removed from the enclosure
," Dallas police said in a statement, without naming a suspect or potential motive.
These small monkeys with the imposing white mustache, which inhabit the forests of South America, “
generally do not stray far from the house
”, he specified.
But officials have searched the surroundings, but their research has so far yielded nothing.
Emperor tamarin monkeys are regularly the target of thefts.
Several of these primates had been stolen from a refuge in northern France in 2016, in the south-east of the country in 2011 or even from a zoo in Blackpool (United Kingdom) in 2014.
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The Dallas Zoo is just recovering from the death of its beloved vulture.
The animal named "
" was found last week with an "
", leading authorities to believe that his death was not due to a natural cause.
On January 13, a rare clouded leopard escaped from the menagerie through an intentionally cut breach in its enclosure.
The feline named Nova had been recovered after a vast mobilization, involving in particular drones with infrared vision of the police.
Later, zoo workers discovered a similar breach in the cage of langurs, a species of Asian monkey.