An aged, endangered ring-tailed lemur stolen from the San Francisco zoo earlier this week has been discovered and returned safely to his dwelling, police stated on Thursday.

Maki, a 21-year-old male lemur, was found lacking on Wednesday morning, shortly earlier than the zoo opened to guests. Police discovered proof of a compelled entry to the enclosure.

On Thursday night, witnesses noticed what they believed to be Maki at a playground in Daly Metropolis, just a few miles south of the zoo. They alerted the authorities, who rapidly responded, San Francisco police stated.

“We contained him till workers from the zoo took him again dwelling,” Daly Metropolis police tweeted.

The lemur was “positively recognized” to be Maki and was in good well being, San Francisco police stated.

SFPD on Friday afternoon stated they arrested a suspect within the housebreaking – or kidnapping, because it has been known as on the Twitter account created for the character Maki the Lemur. The division stated it had motive to consider a 30-year outdated man who was arrested on an unrelated matter was linked to the incident.

This was not the primary time an aged animal was taken from the San Francisco zoo. In 2011, “Banana Sam” – a 17-year-old squirrel monkey, was taken from his cage earlier than being discovered “hungry, trembling and thirsty” in a close-by park just a few days later. As with most mishaps and misadventures in San Francisco, somebody made him his personal Twitter account and took to tweeting his time away from the zoo.

Banana Sam died two years later.

In 2000, two youngsters had been arrested for stealing two koalas – seven-year-old Leanne and her mom, Pat, 15 – from the zoo. The 2 koalas, described as “the cutest issues you may have ever seen”, had been discovered safely enjoying on the youngsters’ dwelling.

UPDATE: this story has been up to date to replicate that the San Francisco police division have made an arrest within the case.