We all know the difference between a zoo and a pet store, you can’t take animals from a zoo home with you.
But there is obviously someone out there who doesn’t know the rules - or just doesn't care, since on Monday night a total of 3 animals disappeared from their enclosures at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo located in Phelpston, Ontario.
The animals that have disappeared include an 18-inch tortoise, a lemur and a baby Gibbon monkey.
An unnamed zoo employee took to Facebook and posted a tearful heartfelt video pleading with the public to help them get the animals back.
“These animals aren’t animals, they’re our family,” the employee says.
The zoo is offering a reward of $5,000 for any information that leads to the return of the animals to the zoo or the arrest of the person who took the animals.
“We’re asking for your help,” she says in the video.
You can see the post below and are encouraged to share it on social media.
The zoo also posted photos of what each of the animals looks like as well, which you can see throughout this article.
The Elmvale Jungle Zoo is located in Phelpston Ont., about 120 km north of Toronto.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the animals or who broke into the zoo to steal them is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Huronia West Detachment OPP at 1-888-310-1122.