Police in Kirkcudbright are dealing with what appears to be the theft of a trio of Cotton-Top Tamarin monkeys, one male and two females.
They were taken from the Kirkcudbright Wildlife Park sometime overnight last Thursday to Friday 5 January. They are described as being dark brown and white, about 12″ tall and have a distinctive white mane which tapers to a Mohawk above the head. They are a South American monkey, an endangered species and need heat to survive.
Constable Lee-Ann Hawker said: “The monkeys are small and friendly and eat things such a leaves fruit, spiders and insects. They are no danger to the public.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the Wildlife Park, which is closed, over Thursday/Friday. We also want to hear of any sightings of the monkeys in the area. We are treating this matter as a theft at this stage as they were being kept under lock and key.”
Anyone with information should contact officers on the 101 number.