Zoo's missing meerkat found in Overland Park

Overland Park police are investigating how a missing meerkat from the Kansas City Zoo wound up in Overland Park.

Police said a man dropped off the small African plains animal about 5 p.m. Friday in front of a Petco store at 6801 W. 75th St. The meerkat had been missing from the zoo since Thursday and was returned to the animal park on Saturday.

Police said the man who left the meerkat at the pet store was described by witnesses as a white male dressed in a hat, hoodie and jeans. They want to speak to him.

A bite from a meerkat can cause infection.

Meerkats are very social animals and become very agitated when isolated.

“When the officers encountered it it was incredibly scared,” said Eric Thompson, chief animal control officer for Overland Park. “When I talked to the zoo this morning they said the meerkat was in good health. But whoever got a hold of it, I think, probably got more than they bargained for.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Thompson at 913-895-6279 or