Nineteen year old Aquinas Kasbar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of stealing a ring-tailed Lemur, an endangered species. He faces a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine. On July 27, 2018, Kasbar broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after it had closed for the day. Using bolt cutters, Kasbar cut a hole in the zoo’s enclosures for lemurs. Kasbar then stole Isaac, a 32-year-old, ring-tailed lemur, and North America’s oldest ring-tailed lemur in captivity.
Kasbar put Isaac in a plastic drawer that lacked ventilation holes. Remorseful, the next day, Kasbar left the lemur in the plastic drawer in front of a Newport Beach hotel. He put two notes in the plastic drawer which read, “Lemur (with tracker)” and “This belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo it was taken last night please bring it to police.” Isaac later was returned unharmed to the zoo.
Lesson learned: If you want a pet, try the nearest animal shelter.