Raid recovers missing zoo heist monkey

An Andalucian man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen monkey after blundering on social media.

Raid recovers missing zoo heist monkey
The missing marmoset was found when a man posted photos on social media networks. Photo:Frank Kehren/Flickr

Civil Guard police officers in El Coronil, a city in the province of Seville, Andalucia, have arrested a man for receiving and possessing stolen goods in the form of 'Paintbrush the marmoset', a monkey stolen from Guilena Zoo.

An official press release revealed that in addition to the alleged crime of buying the monkey despite knowing it was stolen, the man has also been charged with violation of anti-smuggling legislation and with making "inappropriate" comments towards his arresting officers.

Police suspicions were aroused when the man, identified only as V.I.F.D., uploaded photographs of the monkey to various social networks.

The marmoset, a monkey of the species 'Calithrix jacchus' is better known to its friends as 'Tití de pincel', or 'Paintbrush the marmoset'.

It had been reported stolen several months ago by a zoo in the town of Guillena.

Once officers had located the property in the photographs, they launched a raid and discovered the monkey safe and well in a bedroom.

The man was asked to produce a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) certificate establishing his legal ownership of the animal but could only present an error-strewn transfer document and an uncertified photocopy, both legally invalid.

The monkey was therefore seized and returned to the zoo where the owner identified it as being "without a shadow of a doubt" the missing 'Tití' and provided the official veterinary certificate proving that it had been born in the zoo.

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Spain’s Andalusia to allow travel between provinces after three-month wait

Andalusia's regional government has announced that provincial border closures will be lifted on Thursday April 29th, whilst the region’s borders and other restrictions remain in place. 

Spain's Andalusia to allow travel between provinces after three-month wait
From Thursday April 29th, it will no longer be necessary to have a justified reason to travel between Andalusia's 8 provinces. Photo: Ander Guillenea/AFP

Travel between Andalusia’s 8 provinces will be possible again on Thursday after three months of border closures to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections. 

Andalusian regional president Juanma Moreno made the announcement after meeting with the committee of experts that advises the Andalusian Government on the management of the coronavirus crisis.

Residents of Andalusia will therefore be able to travel again to Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville provinces without having to provide a justified reason for crossing their provincial borders. 

However, many of the other restrictions in the region will remain in place until at least May 9th, which marks the end of Spain’s state of alarm.

These are:

Andalusia’s regional borders closure will remain, with travellers having to provide a justified reason to leave or enter the autonomous community, such as going to health or educational centres, to take care of elderly relatives or dependants, to return to a usual place of residence or work/administrative reasons. 

The curfew from 11pm to 6am will continue.

A maximum of 6 people can meet outdoors and 4 indoors in bars and restaurants.

Shops and bars can stay open until 10.30pm. Restaurants can stay open an extra half an hour, but that coincides with the curfew time. 

Municipal border closures will remain in places where the infection rate has surpassed 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the majority of cases, shops and bars can stay open in these municipalities until 10.30pm. 

Municipalities where the infection rate is over 1,000 cases per 100,000 people have to keep all non-essential retailers and services closed.

Andalusia, Spain’s largest and most populated region with 8.4 million inhabitants, currently has a fortnightly infection rate of 237 cases per 100,000, a rate which has been dropping gradually over the past days.

A total of 8.2 percent of its population has received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine; 21 percent have received at least one dose.