Man Spotted Next to Zoo Enclosure Now Faces Multiple Counts of Animal Cruelty – Here’s What Staff Found at the Exhibit

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested in the case of the two monkeys taken from the Dallas Zoo after he was spotted near animal exhibits at an aquarium in the city, police said Friday.

Davion Irvin was arrested Thursday and was charged with six counts of animal cruelty, Dallas police said.

Jail records, which don’t list an attorney for him, indicate that he faces five charges of animal cruelty and that his bail was set at $25,000.

The reason for the discrepancy between the police and the jail in the number of charges was not immediately known.

The emperor tamarin monkeys went missing Monday, and a cut was found in their enclosure.

It was the latest in a string of unusual events at the zoo over the past few weeks. Others included enclosure fences that were cut, the escape of a small leopard and the suspicious death of an endangered vulture.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and that further charges are possible.

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