DONIPHAN, Neb. — Hall County sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for two missing gibbons.
Owner Nancy Stephens of rural Doniphan said she believes the gibbons, named Cody and Caylee, were taken from her home between midnight and 3 a.m. Monday.
Both gibbons are black with white faces, white hands and white feet. Cody is 3 years old and Caylee is 2 years old. Stephens said she has owned them since they were babies. She studies behavioral sciences, but the animals are also her pets.
Stephens said she heard her dog barking in the middle of the night but didn't realize Cody and Caylee were missing until she went to get them out of their sleep cages about 7:45 a.m. Monday. She doesn't believe the gibbons got out on their own.
She said gibbons are typically “one person” animals and wouldn't have gone easily to someone they didn't know. Whoever removed them from their enclosures also took the teddy bear and blanket that were with Caylee, she said.
The gibbons aren't typically aggressive but could be if they are scared or around strangers, she said.
Hall County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Castleberry said Stephens reported the theft Monday morning. There were no signs of forced entry to her home and no one heard or saw anything suspicious, he said.
Deputies are following up on leads about potential suspects.
“She said they wouldn't have gone willingly with a stranger,” Castleberry said, “so we believe it could be someone who's had prior contact with them.”
He said Stephens told deputies the gibbons are valued at $25,000 each. Gibbons are endangered animals.
Male Cody, is 2 feet tall, weighs 12 pounds, and has a split ear and a bad left eye, Castleberry said. Female Caylee is 2 feet tall and weighs about 8 pounds, he said.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 308-385-5200.