Four of the five monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been found.

Two female and one baby cotton-top tamarins and two male emperor tamarins were taken by thieves who broke into their enclosures on April 29.

The four monkeys were found on a doorstep in West Yorkshire three days later; however, one baby monkey is still missing.

Charlotte Pennie
, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo, collected the animals.

She said: “We are extremely relieved four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened the baby cotton-top tamarin has not been found.

“The monkeys have all been checked and reintroduced back into their group.”

Police said the robbery was well organised and there was “definitely a market for monkeys“.

The animals can fetch thousands of pounds when sold on the black market, both in the UK and abroad.

PC Steve Higgs said: “We were inundated with calls from members of the public.

“This is still a live inquiry as we continue to investigate who was responsible for the thefts.”

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