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Big cat burglars: Break-in at Chicago zoo lion house

Jambo a African male lion sits under a tree with Mum Kuchani, right, and daughter Asali in their refurbished enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. The exhibit has been refurbished to resemble the natural habitat of an African savannah for Jambo and mother Kuchani and their youngsters Asali and Johari. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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Big cat burglars: Break-in at Chicago lion house
AP Photo, file

(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - Burglars have caused an uproar at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo by breaking into the Kovler Lion House.

Zoo spokeswoman Sharon Dewar says the thieves stole zookeeper radios, a charger and a can of pepper spray in the break-in early Saturday, but did not access secure areas where the lions, tigers and other big cats live.

Dewar says the stolen items are worth between $3,000 and $3,500.

Officials say the burglars left a ladder in the tiger enclosure moat, but that the burglars got into the lion house by breaking a window and climbing into the basement.