Acting on an anonymous tip, San Francisco police early Thursday recovered two female koalas snatched from the city's zoo and returned them to their ecstatic keepers.
Hours later, two teen-age boys were arrested and charged in the case. Police said the youths, age 17 and 15, apparently hoped to present the cuddly marsupials to their girlfriends as belated Christmas offerings.
"They wanted them as little love gifts," said Jim Deignan, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman.
The suspects, whose names were not released because they are juveniles, have been charged with burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen property. All of the charges are felonies, Deignan said. The two remain in police custody.
Back at the zoo, the two marsupials -- a 14-year-old female named Pat and her daughter Leanne, 7 -- were "stressed, stiff and extremely hungry" after their ordeal but appeared generally OK, a spokeswoman said.
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