Zoo’s lemur re­turned to safety, thanks to 5- year- old

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - News - By Muri Assunção

Maki made it.

A 21- year- old lemur that went miss­ing from the San Francisco Zoo ear­lier this week has been found safe and re­turned home — thanks to the at­ten­tive eyes of a 5- yearold boy.

On Wed­nes­day, San Francisco po­lice re­leased a state­ment say­ing that Maki, a ring- tailed male lemur, had been re­moved from its habi­tat and was miss­ing.

“Of­fi­cers ar­rived on scene and dis­cov­ered forced en­try to the an­i­mal en­clo­sure where the lemur was housed,” po­lice said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the SFPD Burglary Unit as­sumed the lead in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and reached out to the pub­lic, ask­ing for help in lo­cat­ing the en­dan­gered an­i­mal.

On Thurs­day evening Maki was lo­cated in Daly City, just a few miles south of the zoo.

“Around 5pm, we got a re­port he was in the play­ground area of the Hope Lutheran Church. We con­tained him un­til staff from the zoo took him back home,” Daly City po­lice tweeted.

Ac­cord­ing to San Francisco’s ABC7, Maki was spot­ted by a 5- year- old boy, James Trinh, who saw the miss­ing an­i­mal out­side his day care.

“The par­ents were call­ing and say­ing there’s a lemur out on the play­ground,” Sarah Riggs, a teacher at Hope Lutheran Day School, said.

“My son saw Maki walk­ing around the day care as he and my wife were leav­ing around 5 p. m.,” the boy’s dad, Sam Trihn, wrote on Twit­ter.

The in­ci­dent re­mains an open and ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice said. No ar­rests have been made.

San Francisco Zoo via AP

A 5- year- old boy spot­ted Maki, pic­tured, af­ter the lemur was re­ported miss­ing from the San Francisco Zoo.

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