Between 16:30 and 22:50 on Saturday 17th January 2015, 2 Common Marmoset monkeys were taken from an external, insecure enclosure located within a garden in the Balmakeith Drive area, Nairn.
The theft closely follows an unknown male attending at the property offering to carry out gutter cleaning services and thereafter expressing an interest in purchasing the monkeys, which was declined.
The male is described as: white, late 20s, short, medium build, roundish face, no glasses, no facial hair, well presented with no distinctive accent.
The monkeys were aged 12 months and 11 weeks respectively, with the older one being approximately 8” in height with distinctive white fur markings on the tips of the ears and the younger monkey approximately 3” in height, darker in colour with no white markings.
Although bred as domestic pets, the monkeys should be considered wild animals which require specialist care and feeding. The older monkey can and will be aggressive if handled and this may result in scratches and/or serious bites occurring. The SSPCA advises members of the public if you come across the monkeys not to handle them and to contact them in the first instance on 03000 999 999
Police are appealing for anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these animals or those person(s) responsible for their disappearance to contact them urgently on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111