Massive Animal Heist at Florida Wildlife Sanctuary, You’ll Never Guess How It Happened…

If something appears “to good to be true”, it probably is. Yet, users of Craig’s List and apparently fans of ‘We Bought a Zoo’ ignored that maxim and raided a Miami-Dade wildlife sanctuary, reports WSVN.

On March 3rd and 4th, dozens of exotic animals were lifted from a wildlife sanctuary in Southwest Miami-Dade, with the theft being reported by We Care Wildlife Sanctuary worker Cindy Robert.

Robert told WSVN that the burglary started with a fake ad posted on Craigslist.

“Someone had posted on Craigslist that he was going out of business and that free animals to anybody, and if nobody’s home, they can just come in and take them,” said Robert.

At least one individual took the ad seriously and scooped up seven lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and a dozen tortoises sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The missing animals are valued at more than $53,000.

“They unscrewed this bolt off of the actual mechanism that holds the fence together, ’cause they couldn’t cut the lock, I guess,” said a volunteer, “and then they cut all this out, and then they just pushed the fence out.”

We Care Wildlife told the news station that the animals were already stressed out after a recent move to the new location. “Now somebody has come in and captured them, and it probably wasn’t easy,” Robert said, “so they’re probably very, very stressed now and that alone can kill them.”

Some of the animals stolen require medical supervision and medication, so the sanctuary is begging for their return.

“Please, just bring them back,” said Robert, “’cause they need to be safe and cared for properly.”

If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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