Police say 2 missing emperor tamarin monkeys from Dallas Zoo have been returned

DALLAS — Two missing emperor tamarin monkeys from the Dallas Zoo have been returned after they were found at an abandoned house in Lancaster, Texas.

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Dallas Police in a news release Tuesday said that they received a tip that the monkeys were possibly at an abandoned house in Lancaster.

Officers from Dallas and Lancaster went to the house which was empty and found the monkeys in a closet, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities said that the two monkeys have been returned to the zoo.

Dallas Police Department said that no arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released.

Emperor tamarin monkeys are native to the southwest Amazon area and have long hair that looks like a mustache, according to the Smithsonian National Zoo and The New York Times. They have a 10- to 20-year lifespan and live in extended family groups of between two and eight monkeys.

This is the latest incident at the zoo in recent weeks.

On Jan. 13, a clouded leopard named Nova disappeared from her enclosure. Zoo officials closed the zoo as they searched for her. They found that the fence around her habitat was intentionally cut, police said. Nova was found near her enclosure later the same day, CNN reported.

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