Maki, the 21-year-old ring with a tail ring stolen from the San Francisco Zoo this week, was found safe in a nearby city Thursday, police said.
The animal was found by a woman in Daly City, south of San Francisco, around 5 p.m., and Maki was arrested and returned to the zoo, San Francisco police said in a statement. Daly City police said the animal was found in a church playground about four miles from the zoo.
The lemur, one of the oldest in the zoo, was found missing Wednesday morning after a report of a theft, police said.
No one has yet been arrested in the case, which is an “open and active” investigation, San Francisco police said.
The Daly City Police Department tweeted a photo of Maki and said they were thankful the animal had returned to the zoo.
The department said they had received a report that Maki was in the playground area and “he was pregnant until he was brought home by staff from the zoo.”
San Francisco police officers who responded to the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Wednesday morning were found to have forced entry into the enclosure where Maki was located, police said.
The zoo appealed for public assistance in finding Maki, in part due to the expert diet and age of the animal.
Rings with a tail ring are native to Madagascar only and are considered an endangered species. The zoo earlier Thursday announced a reward of $ 2,100 – $ 100 for each year of Maki’s life – for information leading to its recovery.