The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s Something Good is a little boy and a lemur.
Maki, a 21-year old arthritic ring-tailed lemur, was kidnapped from the San Francisco Zoo this past week. The Zoo asked the public to keep an eye out for Maki and help return the elderly animal who was in need of special care. A reward of $2,100 had been offered for his return.
On Thursday, five-year-old James Trihn was leaving his preschool and spotted Maki, according to the Associated Press. He had no idea that Maki had been in the headlines but was just excited to see a lemur hanging out on the preschool parking lot. Hope Lutheran Day School is located in Daly City, about five miles from the San Francisco Zoo.
Maki retreated to the playground amidst all the attention and hid in a playhouse until caretakers from the Zoo arrived. They were able to coax Maki into a carrier and transport him safely back to the Zoo.
Tanya Peterson, San Francisco Zoo director, said that Maki was under the care of vets because he was “agitated, dehydrated, and hungry,” and will hopefully soon return to his lemur family after being socially distanced for a time after his abduction.
UPDATE: Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur that has been missing from San Francisco Zoo since Tuesday, was found in a Daly City playground on Thursday and taken back to his enclosure by zoo officials, police said. https://t.co/IgAvmK5uZF— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 16, 2020
The zoo will be giving the reward money to the church that runs the preschool but James and his family have been given a lifetime membership to the zoo for his help in cracking the case of the missing lemur. San Francisco police arrested Cory McGilloway on Thursday and charged him with burglary, grand theft of an animal, looting and vandalism in relation to the abduction of Maki.
Tanya Peterson thanked James for his part in the rescue of Maki, saying that he literally saved a life.
Saving a life, seeing a lemur in a parking lot, and getting a lifetime membership to a zoo at just five years old is definitely Something Good.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!