Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia

  • In this Sept. 22, 2018 photo released by Perth Zoo, zoo veterinarians Dr Anna LeSouef, left, and Dr Simone Vitali hold a baby meerkat after it was returned to the zoo. A man who claims he “fell in love” with a meerkat pup has been fined A$4,000 (US$2,800) in a Perth court, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 after pleading guilty to stealing the animal from its enclosure at Perth Zoo in September. (Perth Zoo via AP)

  • In this Sept. 21, 2018 photo released by Perth Zoo, a baby meerkat is checked by Perth Zoo staff after it was found at a property 130 kilometers (80 miles) away, in the town of Beverley. A man who claims he “fell in love” with a meerkat pup has been fined $4,000 in a Perth court, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 after pleading guilty to stealing the animal from its enclosure at Perth Zoo in September. (Perth Zoo via AP)

SYDNEY (AP) — It wasn’t grand theft. It was tiny.

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