Skopje: Police in Macedonia recovered Tuesday a young baboon stolen a day earlier from a zoo by a couple whose daughter was smitten with the animal.
The incident took place at a zoo in the capital Skopje.
The 26-year-old woman and her husband cut a hole in the wire cage of the year-and-a-half-old baboon named Luka, pulled him out and stuffed him into a black bag before speeding off in a taxi, police said.
The couple took the animal to their home in the town of Kavadarci, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the south.
But the police, acting on eyewitness accounts, soon caught up with the pair and rescued the baboon, which has been returned to its cage.
"The baby monkey Luka is in good health ... and has been reunited with its younger brother," the zoo said in a statement.
The couple face up to three years in prison for theft.
Local media said the mother wanted to treat her daughter, who had been besotted with the baboon during visits to the zoo.