What people are saying about the Elmvale Jungle Zoo lemur heist
Last week, three animals were stolen from the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, located north of Barrie and east of Wasaga Beach. JC the lemur has already been found, in a cage on the side of the road in Quebec, and he’s now recovering with a nearby veterinarian. Stanley the tortoise and Agnes the gibbon are still at large, but maybe not for much longer: a 21-year old from Ottawa and a 20-year old from Mount Albert have been arrested in connection with the case. Twitter has been understandably transfixed by the cute-animal caper. Here’s what people are saying.
A local public school sent “positive vibes” for the animals’ safe return:
James Keating is sending positive vibes for the safe return of the animals to Elmvale Zoo!@CTVBarrieNews pic.twitter.com/jZarfpaQ5W
— James Keating E.S (@PJamesKeating) May 31, 2018
Another school had kids send letters to the thieves. One says, “If you want money, just go to the bank or just get a job.”
We wrote letters today to the people who stole the animals from the Elmvale Zoo. Our grade 1's really want to see the animals returned safely. @CTVBarrieNews pic.twitter.com/eh7QC2GH6C
— Mrs. Chaytor – Gr. 1 (@stacy_chaytor) May 30, 2018
Just one week earlier, the zoo was experiencing better times, with lineups to see some of the other animals on display (including this adorable tiger cub):
Staff at Elmvale Jungle Zoo say opening weekend has been a roaring success with lineups Sunday and today to see little Gamora, zebras + giraffes @CTVBarrieNews pic.twitter.com/q3WlxDGkP2
— Mike Arsalides (@MArsalidesCTV) May 21, 2018
Using them wisely how? To make We Bought a Zoo Two: Electric Boogaloo?
I hope the guy that stole the animals from the elmvale zoo is using them wisely
— Mitch Deschamps (@MitchDeschamps) May 29, 2018
A bad thing can’t happen in 2018 without someone starting a GoFundMe. The page has raised over $500:
Click to Donate: Hey everyone, I started a fundraising campaign for Elmvale Zoo Bring Home the Animals. Please tap to donate- https://t.co/B1ibI3m2kK https://t.co/26OqJ5wcbf via @gofundme @sttheresamid @KoolFMBarrie @KICX106 @ROCK95NEWS @CTVBarrieNews
— Haili McKee (@Goalie3113) May 31, 2018
Actually, perfect animal names are always alliterative. Gertie the gibbon, Terry the tortoise, etc:
I really hope Agnes the Gibbon and Stanley the Tortoise are found safe.
Also, if those are not the most perfect animal names ever I don’t know what are. https://t.co/5P7ZcxlAlO
— Fernando Melo (@FernandoLeft) June 4, 2018
The alleged thieves have been charged with theft over $5,000—which means a maximum of 10 years jail time (though they’ll probably get off with lighter sentences):
Thank goodness! Fingers now crossed they find Stanley the tortoise and Agnes the gibbon. And, soon: JC the lemur was found in a cage by the side of the road. #throwthebookatthem #idiots https://t.co/HL9I1AP2qc
— Diane Sawchuk (@DianeSawchuk) June 3, 2018