September 24, 2018 16:12:40
Police are set to charge a man and a woman from Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region over the disappearance of a baby meerkat from Perth Zoo.
Officers found the meerkit at a house in the town of Beverley on Friday night.
It had been reported missing from its enclosure two days earlier.
WA Police said a 22-year-old man would be summonsed for the offence of stealing and a 23-year-old woman would be summonsed for receiving.
They will appear in court at a later date.
Zoo staff noticed the baby meerkat was missing from its enclosure last Wednesday, less than 24 hours before an event to introduce the animal to the public.
Staff were unsure whether the meerkit had been stolen or taken by a predatory bird.
WA Police said on Saturday it was found in Beverley, a small town about 130 kilometres south-east of Perth.
Zoo staff later said the animal was recovering well.
“He was very stressed and tired and hungry, just like any bub that’s been away from mum,” she said.
“But after an evening of getting his favourite foods and getting a bit of warmth and a bit of quiet, he’s really bounced back quite well, so we’re quite happy with his progress so far.”
September 24, 2018 14:24:29