‘There is a lemur!’ 5-year-old SF Zoo helps in theft case


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On December 17, 2018, a photo provided courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo by the San Francisco Police shows a missing Lemur, named Maki. The ring-tailed Lemur went missing from the San Francisco Zoo overnight after stepping into someone’s enclosure and stealing the endangered animal, police said Wednesday, October 14, 2020. A 21-year-old male, Lemur, was found missing shortly before the zoo. Opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said. They are seeking suggestions from the public in hopes of finding Lemur, stating that Maki is an endangered animal that needs special care. (Marianne v. Hale / San Francisco Zoo via AP)

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On December 17, 2018, a photo provided courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo by the San Francisco Police shows a missing Lemur, named Maki. The ring-tailed Lemur went missing from the San Francisco Zoo when someone broke into an enclosure overnight and stole the endangered animal, police said Wednesday, October 14, 2020. A 21-year-old male, Lemur, was found missing shortly before the zoo. Opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said. They are seeking suggestions from the public in hopes of finding Lemur, stating that Maki is an endangered animal that needs special care. (Marianne v. Hale / San Francisco Zoo via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Police said that on Friday they arrested a man suspected of stealing a ring-tailed lemon from the San Francisco Zoo, where officers rewarded a 5-year-old boy, who took a lifetime With membership helped to overcome the endangered outbreak.

Mackie’s theft, called 21-year-old Lemur, made news in San Francisco on Wednesday and beyond when zoo officials reported the animal missing and evidence of forced entry into its enclosure.

Five-year-old James Trinh was unaware of the headlines when he went to his preschool Thursday in Dal City, about 5 miles from the zoo, and said, “There’s a lemon there!” There is a lemon there! “Hope Lutheran Day School director Cynthia Huang told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.

Huang was suspected for the first time. “I thought, are you sure this is not a raccoon?” he said.

Maki ran from the parking lot to the school’s playground and took refuge in a miniature game house, as the school called police who quickly alerted animal control and zoo officials. Huang said the children, parents and teachers took care as the caretakers arrived and took Lemon to a transport cage.

On Thursday, police took 30-year-old Corey McGilloway into custody, San Francisco Police Lt. Scott Ryan told reporters on Friday.

McGilloway, who was identified by investigators as a suspect in Lemur’s kidnapping, was arrested by San Rafael police on Thursday evening on unrelated charges. Ryan said he was expected to be transferred to the San Francisco County Jail on robbery charges, grand theft, robbery and vandalism of an animal that was related to Lemur’s theft, Ryan said.

Police did not provide other details, saying the investigation was still ongoing, but attributed a multi-agency effort and tips to a public tip line, which led to the capture of the suspect.

San Francisco Zoo Director Tanya Peterson said that Maki “is an old wild animal that needed special care for diseases including arthritis”. “He is still agitated, dehydrated and hungry,” she said, veterinarian teams working to get her back to health. Due to his visit, he said “he is socially distant from his intimate family” but hopes to have other lemurs join soon.

Officials offered a reward of $ 2,100 to locate Maki, who is giving the zoo to the church.

“I understand that there is a young boy who sees this and is also called in tip, and we are giving his family a free membership to the zoo,” Peterson said. “They literally saved a life.”

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