A 21-year-old endangered lemur went missing from the San Francisco Zoo last week. Maki, which is the name of the lemur, was caught by thieves, but was fortunately returned safely to the zoo after the heroic work of a local five-year-old named James Trinh.
Maki was in need of highly specialized care, so San Francisco Police asked for the public’s help in finding him quickly. James was on the case and had spotted the lemur in the parking lot of Hope Lutheran Day School where he attends. He alerted the teachers and the police were called and successfully recaptured Maki as he explored the school’s play structure.
Maki was dehydrated and hungry, but has since been returned to the zoo for care and should be back to full health soon. The primary suspect in the lemur’s kidnapping is in custody on other charges and police suspect he released the lemur into the city shortly after stealing it.
The $2,100 reward for Maki’s return has been given to Hope Lutheran Day School.
James Trinh and his family were also given a lifetime free membership to the San Francisco Zoo so they can visit Maki whenever they want.