The baby meerkat on its way back to Perth Zoo. Picture: AAP/Supplied by WA Police

Stolen baby meerkat returned to zoo

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A one-month-old meerkat that went missing from Perth Zoo has been returned. Picture: AAP/Supplied by Perth ZooSource:AAP

A BABY meerkat that disappeared from Perth Zoo has been found.

A spokeswoman for Perth Zoo confirmed that the one-month old animal was in expert care after it was ‘illegally taken’ on Wednesday.

Zoo staff will now try to reintroduce it back to its family.

Police revealed that officers had executed a search warrant at a house in Beverley, two hours out of Perth, at about 6pm on Friday.

The baby meerkat was located and taken back to the zoo.

A man and woman are assisting police with their inquiries. No charges have been laid.

The one-month-old animal went missing after leaving its nest box, leaving zoo keepers fearing it had either been stolen or taken by a predator.

The baby meerkat gets a comforting towel after its ordeal. Picture: AAP/Supplied by WA Police

The baby meerkat gets a comforting towel after its ordeal. Picture: AAP/Supplied by WA PoliceSource:AAP

Perth Zoo staff were yet to determine the meerkat’s sex and it was yet to be named.

The baby was born on August 20.

On Instagram, Perth Zoo posted a note to followers saying: “The #Perth #Zoo family is elated to have our #Meerkitten back in our care following it being illegally taken from its home. Thank you to the Western Australia #Police Force @wa_police for their great work in the recovery and to all of you for your support, it’s been a hard few days for us all.

The little one is currently being reintroduced to its family, so the #meerkat mob will not be on display for the next few days. #savingwildlifetogether”

The baby meerkat on its way back to Perth Zoo. Picture: AAP/Supplied by WA Police

The baby meerkat on its way back to Perth Zoo. Picture: AAP/Supplied by WA PoliceSource:AAP

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