Monkeys are pretty cute, you know when they are not throwing poop and biting people's faces off. In fact, those are probably two really good reasons why these adorable wild animals are often kept in secure zoo enclosures and not recommended as pets. However, that did not stop one of Palm Beach Zoo's rare monkeys from being stolen.
According to information posted by ABC News, police are now searching for a 12-year-old Goeldi's monkey named Kali, believed to have been stolen from the West Palm Beach zoo during the early morning hours on Monday. It is believed that the perpetrator(s) cut through her wired mesh cage from outside of the zoo to gain entry into her enclosure.
Goeldi's monkeys are a type of marmoset native to Amazon basin region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. They are increasingly rare which puts them at a very high value on the black market. Although the exact reason for her abduction is not known, it is assumed she was taken to be sold on the black market.
Additionally, Kali has an inflammatory health condition that requires daily medication.
Her abduction has people wondering how and why this wild animal was taken. One Facebook user writes: "I think it’s time for a overnight detail.. Zoo officials need to step up security."
Uhmmmm... how?!?!?— Jeebus Christos (@travelinjeebus) February 12, 2019
Why do people want all these exotic pets⁉️ They better take good care of the monkey and return the monkey to the zoo‼️— Holly Averyt (@AverytHolly) February 12, 2019
Too bad they cant do a nationwide alert like when a child is kidnapped. Make people aware the monkey is missing.— Lucille Berger (@LucilleBerger14) February 12, 2019
Florida is trash. Put the monkey back. pic.twitter.com/d07kjsnJMo— John McClane (@BeanTownCop) February 12, 2019
Currently, no more information on her whereabouts or who has taken her have been shared, but police are inviting the public to keep an eye and ear open for any sort of tips to crack the case.
Anyone with information is urged to call the West Palm Beach Police Department 561-822-1900 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers, you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward 800-458-8477.