POLICE are hunting a thief who stole two tiny monkeys – including a baby aged just 11 weeks – from a home in the Highlands.
The two common marmoset monkeys were stolen from an external, insecure enclosure located within a garden in the Balmakeith Drive area of Nairn.
The theft on Saturday closely followed an unknown male attending at the property offering to carry out gutter cleaning services and then expressing an interest in purchasing the monkeys, which was declined.
The thief struck some time between 4.30pm and 10.50pm on Saturday.
The male is described as white, in his late 20s, short, of medium build, with a roundish face, no glasses, no facial hair, and well presented with no distinctive accent.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The monkeys were aged 12 months and 11 weeks respectively, with the older one being approximately 8in in height with distinctive white fur markings on the tips of the ears, and the younger monkey approximately 3in 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 responsible for their disappearance to contact them urgently on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.