Stolen Goeldi’s Monkey Returned Home

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Stolen Goeldi’s Monkey Returned Home

Giuliana Lutfy, Staff Writer

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When a zookeeper at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach Florida arrived at work on Monday morning, he discovered that one of their animals was missing. The goeldi’s monkey, Kali, was reported missing from her habitat early in the morning on February 11 and was safely returned home just before midnight on Wednesday, February 13 by detectives in the West Palm Beach Police department.

Goeldi’s monkeys in the wild are very small in size and can weigh from 12.5 ounces to 1.2 pounds, where monkeys in captivity normally weigh from 1 to 1.3 ounces. With these monkey’s weighing only a little bit larger than a squirrel, this makes them very short, with a length that varies from from 7.5 to 9 inches. Goeldi’s monkeys are also very rare and hard to find in the wild, making them a must see for visitors at the zoos that hold them. These monkeys while not in captivity can be found in the upper Amazon rain forests of southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, western Brazil, and northern Bolivia, and spend most of their time climbing from tree to tree.

 

Since these monkeys are so rare, they can get a very high price on illegal pet trade, making the zoo and helpers on the investigation even more worried. A $6,000 dollar reward was eventually put out in hopes of persuading Kali’s kidnapper to return her back home. Kali is 12 years old and has anti-inflammatory issues and needs medicine daily, and a special diet to help with her condition and to keep her healthy. With her health being at such risk and with the idea that she could have been sold already, detectives and zookeepers knew they had to get Kali back as soon as they could.

Kali’s habitat was broken into with the mesh wiring around the cage cut open. On the Palm Beach Zoo’s surveillance system, you could see a grainy figure walking around the perimeter of the zoo, and police are almost positive that this figure is the culprit. No charges have been placed on anyone yet, and no solid leads on the perpetrator’s identity have surfaced. 

 

After Kali’s two day abduction, she was cleared by the vet early Thursday morning, and is in good health, with no signs of abuse or neglect to her at all, leaving all of the zookeepers relieved.

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