Dozens of Exotic Animals Missing From Florida Wildlife Sanctuary After Fake Craigslist Ad Said ‘Help Yourself’

Close-Up Of Ring-Tailed Lemur Sitting On Wood
Close-Up Of Ring-Tailed Lemur Sitting On Wood

Dozens of animals were taken from a wildlife sanctuary in Miami-Dade, Florida after a fake Craigslist ad encouraged people to take the animals from their pens.

The advertisement read, “Free exotic animals. We’re a sanctuary going out of business. Go around back and help yourself,” according to The Guardian.

After the ad was posted, the animals — which included seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and 13 tortoises — disappeared between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami.

Cindy Robert, a volunteer told the outlet, “We’ve been violated. I don’t think these animals are going to be taken care of. The stress alone could give some of them heart attacks.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that whoever took the animals unscrewed a fence when they were not able to cut the lock.

Some of the animals that went missing are on medications, a volunteer told the Associated Press. They fear some of them could die.

Robert said the person or people who took the animals “knew exactly what they wanted,” adding that the combined value of all the animals stolen could run to the “thousands” of dollars according to The Guardian.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Alexia Fernandez