But Isaac wasn’t missing for long. Someone dropped him off in a
plastic storage container in front of a hotel later that day. A note in
the container explained that the lemur had been taken from the Santa Ana
After Isaac’s safe return, the question remained—who took him?
few months later, Aquinas Kasbar, 19, was arrested on unrelated charges
and bragged to his bail agent that he’d stolen a lemur from the zoo. He
even showed the bail agent a video on his phone of himself with the
lemur, according to Detective Farshid Hashempour of the Santa Ana Police
Department, who investigated the case as part of an FBI task force.
learned that Kasbar had broken into the zoo with the intention of
taking a monkey for a pet, but he couldn’t get any of the monkeys to go
Isaac’s confinement to a small, vent-less plastic
container on a hot day, especially when lemurs are used to standing up
on two legs, could have caused him harm.
“Those things in totality
possibly could’ve caused the animal to die. Thankfully it was returned
to the zoo, and the lemur is still alive and doing well,” Hashempour