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Four rare monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been recovered in Yorkshire, but one is still missing.

The Tamarins - three of which were critically endangered species - were found in a cardboard box overnight in Brighouse.

The Two female and one baby Cotton-top Tamarins, and two male Emperor Tamarins, went missing when a gang cut a hole in a fence at the East Park Drive attraction.

The baby is still missing.

Every port and airport in the country was on the lookout for the animals, worth thousands of pounds on the black market, after they went missing some time between the Zoo closing on Tuesday night and re-opening the following morning.

A spokeswoman for Blackpool Zoo said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm that four of the stolen tamarins are safely back at the Zoo.

“Sadly, the baby was not found.

“They were recovered by police in Yorkshire late last night and their keeper drove over to collect them.

“We should like to thank everyone involved with the media and social media for spreading the word so far and wide yesterday and to the police and Wildlife Crime Unit for all their hard work and support.”

 

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