WEST PALM BEACH — Kali, the rare Goeldi's monkey reportedly stolen from the Palm Beach Zoo, has been found, West Palm Beach police said early Wednesday.
The announcement comes about 48 hours after a zookeeper noticed the tiny 12-year-old monkey missing from its enclosure and the mesh around the habitat cut.
Detectives returned Kali to the zoo shortly before midnight Tuesday. The monkey appears to be in good health, according to a statement from the zoo Wednesday morning.
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Police did not immediately respond to questions regarding where Kali was found or the details of the monkey's recovery.
The zoo says the 1-pound animal is on a special diet and needs anti-inflammatory medication every day.
“Kali is doing well considering she has been without her medication for days,” said zoo president and CEO Margo McKnight in an emailed statement. “Our animal care team is monitoring her closely, and our goal is to reunite her with Quito, her mate, as soon as we know she’s healthy.”
The zoo and Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County offered a combined $6,000 reward for information leading to her return amid fears the monkey, which sells for nearly $10,000 on the black market, was stolen in part of a financial crime.
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