Mackie, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur abducted at the San Francisco Zoo this week, was found safe in a nearby town, police said.
The animal was spotted by a woman in the city of Daily, south of San Francisco, around 17:00, and Mackie was captured and returned to the zoo, according to the San Francisco police. Daily City police said the animal was found on a churchyard about four miles from the zoo.
Lemur, one of the oldest at the zoo, was found missing Wednesday morning after a report of the theft, police said.
No arrests have been made in the case, which is an “open and active” investigation, San Francisco police said.
The Daily City Police Department posted a photo of Mackie on Twitter and said they were grateful the animal had returned to the zoo.
The department said they had received word that Mackie was on the playground and “holding him until the zoo staff took him home.”
San Francisco police officers, who responded to the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens on Wednesday morning, found that there was a forced entrance to the fence where Mackie was housed, police said.
The zoo has asked the public to help find Maki, in part because of the animal’s specialized diet and age.
Lemur ringtails are native only to Madagascar and are considered an endangered species. Earlier on Thursday, the zoo announced a reward of 2,100 to $ 100 for each year of Mackie’s life – for information that led to her recovery.