Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur, who disappeared from the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, was found in a playground in Daly City on Thursday and returned to his enclosure by zoo officials, police said.
Daly City police officers responded to a report that Maki was in the Hope Lutheran Church playground around 5 p.m. He was held there until zoo officials picked him up and took him back to his enclosure about five miles away in the zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat. Police said.
Maki was “in good health,” said San Francisco police on Thursday. Animal Care and Control officials also responded to the scene, police said.
“We are grateful that Maki is safe at home!”
In a photo posted on Police Department Twitter, Daly City police officer Haas crouched next to a securely caged maki before the zoo officers took him home.
San Francisco police believe Maki was removed from his enclosure in the Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat of the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday. The police have asked the public for help in finding the animal.
By Thursday evening, San Francisco police said there were no arrests related to the incident.
“Thank you for your assistance in this investigation. Because of you, we were able to find ‘Maki’, ”the San Francisco police said on Twitter, sharing a photo of a seated Maki with the word“ FOUND ”in bold, white and red.
⚠️ Missing Lemur LOCATED ⚠️
“Maki” was found! Thank you for your assistance in this investigation. Because of you, we were able to find “Maki”. Visit the link for more information. ➡️ https://t.co/jcY0FN0r00 pic.twitter.com/5VvREjmxKk
– San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 16, 2020
Police in San Francisco said Maki’s day-long disappearance was being investigated as a break-in as investigators found evidence of “forced entry” into the animal enclosure where the endangered animal was housed.
“Investigators have examined the scene for evidence and the break-in is being investigated,” said San Francisco police about the enclosure.
A Twitter user shared a photo that said the endangered animal was discovered at a daycare in Daly City on Thursday.
In the tweet, the person who posted the photo wrote, “The lemur was found this afternoon at my child’s daycare center, Hope Lutheran, in Daly City!”
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