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Last Updated: Friday February 04 2005 11:03 GMT

Stolen monkeys back home at zoo

Cotton-top tamarin monkeys
Cotton-top tamarin monkeys, similar to those stolen
Three rare monkeys stolen from a zoo are recovering well after the incident,their keeper has said.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of cotton-top Tamarins Rio, Pinky and Baby from Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo.

Police returned the monkeys to the zoo's managing director after finding them in two buildings in Birmingham.

Their keeper said: "They don't seem to be too traumatised about it. They seem quite happy."

Primate keeper Emma Swaddle, 18, added: "I was worried when they went, whether they were all together - they need to be together - and whether they were in the warmth, because they need temperature, and whether they were getting fed right or not.

"I'm just relieved to have them back."

The cotton-top Tamarins were taken on Monday by thieves who are believed to have climbed over a fence and smashed their way into the monkey house.

Endangered

Tamarin monkeys are an endangered species that normally live in the rainforests of Colombia in South America, which are being destroyed.

They have long tongues which they use to extract sap from trees and catch frogs.



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