Gibbon returned to Elmvale Jungle Zoo five months after theft

Agnes the Gibbon was located in Quebec and returned to the Elmvale Jungle Zoo nearly five months after she, along with a tortoise and a lemur, were reported stolen.

Between May 28 and 29, police say suspects entered the Elmvale Jungle Zoo and stole three animals: an 18-inch tortoise, a black and white Lemur and a black Gibbon monkey.

Two male suspects were identified, arrested and charged with the break, enter and theft of the animals: Alex Pearlmutter, 22, of Sunderland and Adrian Frei, 21, of East Gwillimbury.

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On June 4, motorists driving in a rural area north of Montreal located J.C. the Lemur, who was reunited with his Zoo family shortly thereafter.

Agnes the Gibbon

On Oct. 18, police in Mascouche, Quebec conducted a warrant at a residence. As a result, Agnes the Gibbon was located and has now been returned to the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Police say she is slowly being re-integrated back into the Zoo population.

“We are happy to have Agnes home with her family. In the coming weeks, she will be slowly re-introduced to her cousins, Jasmine and Gracie, and reintegrated back into the zoo community,” Michel Persi of the zoo told police.

“To make this transition as stress free as possible, the zoo will remain closed for the remainder of the winter season. Agnes and the rest of the Elmvale Jungle Zoo family will be happy to see everybody in the spring of 2019!”

Stanley the Tortoise remains missing. Anyone with information regarding this case please contact the Huronia West OPP Detachment at 705 429-3575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted online at

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