Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Marmoset monkey handed into Fife vet surgery

Image caption Scottish SPCA said they could not confirm whether the monkey found was linked to two monkeys reported stolen in Nairn over the weekend

A Marmoset monkey has been handed in to a vet surgery in Fife by a member of the public on Monday.

They claimed to have found the monkey inside a shoe-box in a lay-by.

The animal is currently being cared for at the Edinburgh Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Balerno.

It has not been confirmed whether it is connected to the reported theft of two Common Marmoset monkeys from an address in Nairn over the weekend.

Scottish SPCA said it was working alongside the police to try and establish whether there was a link between this and the stolen monkeys.

SSPCA Inspector Sarah Gregory said: "The person reported finding the animal in a lay-by on the road between Kincardine and High Valleyfield.

"Unfortunately we have been unable to speak with them ourselves and are appealing to this person to get in touch with us.

"Anyone with information on the reported theft of the monkeys in Nairn or the monkey handed in in the Fife area is being urged to contact or Police on 101 or Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999."

The stolen common marmosets were taken from the Balmakeith Drive area between 16:30 and 22:50 on Saturday.

A man had earlier turned up at the house where they are kept and offered to buy the monkeys, aged between 12 months and 11 weeks old, but was turned down.

The suspect has been described as white, late 20s, short, medium build and with a roundish face.

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