Mackie, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur who disappeared from the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, was found at a playground in Dale City on Thursday and returned to his enclosure by police, police said.
Daley police responded to reports that Mackie was at the site of the Lutheran Church of Hope at about 5 p.m. He remained there until zoo officials conquered him and returned him to his fence, about five miles from his residence at the Lemur Forest Zoo, Lemur said, police said.
Mackie was in good health on Thursday, San Francisco police said. Animal care and control officers also responded to the scene, police said.
“We are grateful that Mackie is safe at home!” Daily City police said.
In a photo posted on Twitter by the police department, police officer Dali City Haas squatted near Mackie̵7;s safe cage before the zoo took him home.
San Francisco police believe Mackie was taken from his fence in the forest environment of Lemur Forest at the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday. Police turned to the public for help in finding the animal.
As of Thursday evening, San Francisco police said no arrests had been made in connection with the incident.
“I thank everyone for their help in this investigation. Through you, we were able to find “Maki,” San Francisco police said on Twitter, sharing a photo of Maki sitting with the word “FOUND” in bold, white and red letters.
⚠️ LEMUR OC
“Poppies” found! Thank you all for your help in this investigation. Through you we were able to find “Poppies”. Visit the link for more information. ➡️ https://t.co/jcY0FN0r00 pic.twitter.com/5VvREjmxKk
– San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 16, 2020
San Francisco police said Mackie’s long disappearance was being investigated as a robbery because investigators had found evidence of “forced entry into an animal enclosure” where the endangered animal was.
“Investigators have processed the scene for evidence, and the burglary is being investigated,” San Francisco police said of the fence.
A Twitter user shared a photo stating that an endangered animal was spotted at a kindergarten in Daly City on Thursday.
In a tweet, the person who posted the photo wrote: “The lemur was found this afternoon in the kindergarten of my child, Nadezhda Lutheran, in the city of Daley!”
Lauren Hernandez is an employee of the Chronicles of San Francisco. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @ByLHernandez