Lemur stolen from San Franciso zoo is found in a church playground

Maki wasn’t missing for long.

The 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur reported stolen from the San Francisco Zoo on Wednesday was found Thursday, spotted by a 5-year-old boy outside his daycare, according to a local television station.

Daly City police found the missing Lemur after receiving a call he was at a church.

The Daly City Police in South San Francisco responded and found Maki in the playground area of Hope Lutheran Church, about five miles from the zoo. He was in good health and was returned to the zoo, police said.

“We are grateful Maki is home safely!” Daly City Police said on Twitter.

The male lemur’s disappearance created a buzz in the Bay Area, prompting stories in newspapers and on television. National outlets including USA TODAY, NPR and Yahoo! also spread the word.

One Twitter user even created an account for Maki, retweeting news stories and playfully commenting about the lemur’s potential whereabouts.

Following Maki’s safe recovery on Thursday night, the Twitter account thanked the media — “TV, Radio and Newspapers (online or traditional) are still powerful mediums and they should be supported” — and urged people to support the area’s “amazing” animal and wildlife attractions.

Finally, MAKI THE LEMUR tweeted, “The idiot criminals that took me from my home still need to be caught. If you know anything or saw something, please contact @DalyCityPD or @SFPD. Call SFPD’s 24 Hour Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.”

ABC 7 reported that the Trinh family was picking up their 5-year-old son from the church when he spotted Maki. They took a picture of the lemur and called the San Francisco Police Department, the station reported.

Daly City and Animal Care and Control officers and zoo staff went to the playground area and safely captured Maki, officials said.

Maki was born in 1999 at the zoo and has an offspring in the enclosure, zoo spokeswoman Nancy Chan said. The zoo had described him as a “highly endangered animal.”

He is one of seven different lemurs native to Madagascar housed in the zoo’s lemur habitat, the largest outdoor space for lemurs in the U.S., according to its website.

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