Stolen Australian Marmoset Named 'Gomez' Still Missing

By Hudson Hongo on at

Three days after burglars stole a family of pygmy marmosets from Symbio Wildlife Park near Sydney, Australia, the eldest marmoset, a 10-year-old male named Gomez, remained missing, Buzzfeed reports.

Authorities say they located the first of the three stolen monkeys, an unnamed 4-week-old, during a traffic stop on Sunday after receiving an anonymous tip.

“Police spoke a 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old man who were in the vehicle, before a search resulted in police locating the baby monkey alive in the car,” said police in a statement. “The pair was arrested and taken to Campbelltown Police.”

Following “extensive inquiries,” authorities say they recovered the second stolen marmoset, a 1-year-old named Sophie, late Sunday evening. According to Symbio Wildlife Park, the monkeys were found to be in good condition and reunited with their mother early Monday morning, but the father’s location remained unknown.

“THE WHEREABOUTS OF FATHER GOMEZ IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION,” wrote the park on Facebook. “Updates on Gomez and how the family is settling in will be provided as they become available.”

Anyone with information on the marmoset’s location is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or the Wollongong Police Department. [Buzzfeed]

Photo: Facebook/Symbio Wildlife Park