Escaped Wolf Causes Panic in Southern England

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An escaped wolf sparked panic in the unlikely surroundings of southern England on Tuesday after a pack of five animals escaped from a zoo.

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The timber wolves got through a damaged fence in their enclosure at Colchester Zoo to the east of London in the early hours of the morning.

Two were shot dead shortly after they escaped, one returned of its own accord and one was shot with an anaesthetic dart and captured.

But one animal remained at large in woodland for several hours.

People living nearby were reportedly warned to keep small children at home while police used a helicopter to scour the forest.

After a search lasting several hours, police tweeted: "Sadly, the search for a wolf @ColchesterZoo concluded shortly after 4pm when the animal was found + destroyed by zoo staff."

A statement from the zoo said keepers were "devastated" by the loss of the wolves.

The zoo explained that an anaesthetic dart takes 15 minutes to take effect "and may not work at all on a stressed animal", so three of wolves had to be shot.

The statement added that it was not yet known how the fence, which is checked every day, was damaged.

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None of them should have been killed

November 26 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisabeth Frits

That's total Bullshit! There was NO Good Damn reason for Killing those beautiful animals,--did they attack or kill anyone,--Nope, didn't hear anything about that!! We don't kill kids that get "loose" from orphanage's or temp. homes,--so Why Kill an animal? Humans are worse than animals!!!

November 26 2013 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If we have pets we can't control or take proper care of we have to answer to it. I really don't see why a zoo wouldn't. I hope those responsible are brought out into the light

November 26 2013 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Only one in five of these creatures could be saved? This sounds like a right ba**s-up to me, from fence maintenance to recapture.

November 26 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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