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Two monkeys stolen from garden

Two monkeys have been stolen from their enclosure in a garden.

The common marmosets were taken from the Balmakeith Drive area of Nairn in the Highlands between 4.30pm and 10.50pm on Saturday.

They were stolen shortly after a man went to the house offering to clean the gutters and expressed an interest in buying the animals.

He is described as white, in his late 20s, short, of medium build, with a roundish face, no facial hair, well presented and with no distinctive accent.

One of the monkeys is 11 weeks old while the other is 12 months old.

The older one is around 8ins tall with distinctive white fur markings on the tips of the ears while the younger monkey is around 3ins in height, darker in colour with no white markings.

People have been warned not to handle the monkeys as the older one may bite or scratch.

Police have appealed for information about the theft.

A police spokesman said: " 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."

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