“Devastated” officials at the Greater Vancouver Zoo are frantically seeking the public’s help after a male spider monkey died and his female companion went missing.

Jocko was found dead and the female, Mia, went missing on Tuesday night after their enclosure was broken into at the zoo in Aldergrove, where both monkeys had been long-term residents.

Fighting back tears, Jody Henderson of the Vancouver zoo said that the 12- to 15-year-old monkeys were a “part of the family.” She added she has no idea who could be behind the break-in. Henderson said she believed that Mia was taken, but did not know why.

Security personnel were working at the time of the break-in but did not see anything.

Langley RCMP are investigating the case and are searching for Mia. Jocko’s body is undergoing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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