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Exotic Animals Missing From Florida Sanctuary After Fake Craigslist Ad

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 March 2018 04:44 PM

A total of 36 exotic animals went missing from a Florida animal sanctuary after a fake Craigslist ad was posted inviting people to take them.

The animals were taken by an unknown person over the weekend from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami, Florida, presumably in response to a fake Craigslist ad that read, "Free exotic animals. We're a sanctuary going out of business. Go around back and help yourself," IFL Science reported.

Seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds, and 13 tortoises worth a total of $53,000 were taken, and police are investigating the theft and fake ad, IFL Science reported.

Park officials and volunteers reported that We Care's Facebook page was hacked a week before the ad and theft, and owners received threats. The park was undergoing an expansion and no security cameras were active on the site at the time of the theft.

Park workers speculated that the person who placed the fake ad may be the same person who took the animals, The Guardian reported.

"They took the dollar animals," volunteer Cindy Robert said. "They knew exactly what they wanted."

The owners and workers are distraught over the animals' disappearance and said that some of them need medications to stay healthy, The Guardian reported.

"The owners can't even talk about it, they're so upset," Robert said. "The two of them are just basket cases."

Investigators are offering a $1,000 award for information that leads to the recovery of the animals, The Guardian reported. They will also be present at an upcoming exotic pet amnesty day in Florida to see if any of the animals are turned in there.

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A fake Craigslist ad inviting people to "help yourself" to exotic animals was posted by someone posing as We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami, Florida, and now the sanctuary is missing 36 lemurs, marmosets, monkeys, birds, and tortoises.
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