Bizarre details emerge after Dallas ‘monkey thief’ arrested in aquarium and charged in string of odd zoo incidents

THE man who allegedly stole monkeys from the Dallas Zoo has been arrested and charged after the animals were discovered in a vacant house.

Davion Irvin, 24, was arrested and booked into the Dallas Jail on Thursday night.

Davion Irvin is facing multiple charges in relation to incidents at the Dallas Zoo


Davion Irvin is facing multiple charges in relation to incidents at the Dallas ZooCredit: The Mega Agency
The two tamarin monkeys were recovered on Tuesday


The two tamarin monkeys were recovered on TuesdayCredit: Facebook/ Dallas Zoo

Police received a tip that Irvin was at the Dallas World Aquarium on Thursday.

Aquarium employee Paula Carlson noticed Irvin and recognized him.

“Looked almost exactly like the person that I’ve seen posted online,” Carlson told FOX4.

Carlson struck up a conversation with Irvin as he walked through the aquarium.

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“He was asking me questions about the animals, and I was answering them, you know, showing him the animals, the shark, the octopus. Just trying to maintain a conversation while I was maintaining a text message with our security people here,” she told the outlet.

Carlson then contacted the Dallas Zoo, who called police.

Irvin was then stopped by officers getting onto a train and taken for questioning.

He has since been charged with six animal cruelty charges, FOX4 reports, as well as to burglary charges – one of which relating to the leopard that escaped last month.

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Irvin has not been charged in connection to two other incidents at the zoo – involving the langur monkey habitat and the death of a vulture – which are both still under investigation.

However, police told FOX4 that additional charges could be coming.

“There have been some isolated incident like this of individual animals. Maybe that were taken from a zoo, but not a repeated incident like this. This is really and truly unprecedented,” Dallas Zoo CEO and President Gregg Hudson told the outlet.

The two tamarin monkeys went missing from the zoo on Monday.

Dallas Police located the two missing tamarin monkeys on January 31, according to a tweet from the department.

The Dallas Zoo said the two monkeys showed no signs of injury and were being evaluated by their vet and animal care teams.

“Both started eating and drinking almost immediately once the team completed health exams on Tues,” the Zoo said in a tweet.

“They will not return to the habitat for a while – because they were taken off-grounds, they will need to clear a quarantine period before they are reintroduced to their Zoo habitat.”

In another update, the Zoo shared that a tip led to the recovery of the missing monkeys.

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The animals were reported missing on Monday in the latest of a string of bizarre disappearances.

The Dallas Zoo told FOX4 that Irvin has never worked there.

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