Zoo lemur stolen in Ontario turns up in Quebec; monkey and tortoise still missing

Written by on June 5, 2018 in Critter Crimes - No comments

JC the lemur is back.

But Stanley the tortoise, and Agnes the baby gibbon monkey, have yet to be found.

The trio vanished more than a week ago from the Elmvale Jungle Zoo in Elmvale, Ontario after an overnight break-in. Holes were cut in a chain link fence to the popular zoo about 90 minutes north of Toronto.

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Peter Leon said the lemur was found in a cage, abandoned on the side of a Quebec road early Sunday morning. It’s not clear how — or why — the lemur ended up a province away from home.

But zookeepers are thankful, especially after Tuesday’s emotional reunion.

“JC is doing well and jumped right into Zoo Keeper Devon’s arms when he saw her🤗,” the facility offered by way of update on Facebook.

It’s great news, indeed.

But worries are growing for Agnes and Stanley, who require special food and care.

OPP provided this update — along with a tearful staff member — pleading for the return of Agnes and Stanley.

Police are are still looking for tips.

Help bring baby Agnes home. Elmvale Jungle Zoo/Facebook

But believe missing animals are likely in Quebec.

Stanley is a beloved attraction at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Facebook

Two men have been arrested in the case.

A 21-year-old from Ottawa and a 20-year-old from Mount Albert, Ont. Both have been charged with break and enter, and theft over $5,000.

Photos Elmvale Jungle Zoo/OPP/Facebook/Twitter

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Dawn Walton

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