UPDATE 27/11/16 7:41AM | It has been revealed that a baby monkey stolen from a zoo south of Sydney, has a twin.
Symbio staff told the SMH it’s likely that if the stolen pygmy marmoset isn’t reunited with its mum and sibling, mum won’t feed her remaining baby.
They say the baby’s mother was so stressed she was not taking any food and was still carrying the missing baby’s twin on her back.
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It’s estimated the four week old monkeys would only survive for around 24 hours without their mother’s milk.
An older boy and girl were also taken.
EARLIER 26/11/16 11:26AM | Three monkeys have been stolen from a wildlife park south of Sydney.
A boy, girl and baby Pygmy Marmoset have been taken from Symbio on Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Helensburgh.
Staff noticed they were missing at around 8:00AM AEDT on Saturday.
Police say there’s evidence someone forced their way into their enclosure.
The youngest of the family is just four weeks old and keepers say he’s at a particularly fragile age and needs to be reunited with its mother in order to be fed.
Police are conducting an investigation into the theft and would like to speak to anyone with information to call Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers.