The hunt is on to find three rare monkeys who vanished from a wildlife park overnight.
The Cotton-top tamarin monkeys were stolen from the Galloway Conservation Centre in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, sometime on Thursday night.
The male and two female monkeys are described as being dark brown and white, about 12 inches tall, with a distinctive white mane which tapers to a mohawk above the head.
Cotton-top tamarins are an endangered species of monkey from South America, who need heat to survive.
If sold as pets, they could fetch up to £5,000 each.
Constable Lee-Ann Hawker said ‘The monkeys are small and friendly and eat things such a leaves fruit, spiders and insects. They are no danger to the public.
‘We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around the Wildlife Park, which is closed, over Thursday and Friday.
‘We also want to hear of any sightings of the monkeys in the area. We are treating this matter as a theft at this stage as they were being kept under lock and key.’
Anyone who has any information should contact us at Kirkcudbright on the 101 number, quoting PDG 0003490118.