Colchester Zoo baffled over wolves' escape

Essex County Standard: Colchester Zoo baffled over wolves' escape Colchester Zoo baffled over wolves' escape

COLCHESTER Zoo has said there was no evidence of "foul play" that could have led to the escape of five wolves.

The animals were discovered missing from their steel enclosure at 7.30am on Tuesday.

One wolf returned of its own accord and another was tranquilised and recaptured a short time after the pack was discovered missing.

Two other wolves left were shot dead a short time later, after being hit first by anaesthetic darts.

An eight-hour armed police siege culminated in the fifth missing wolf being shot dead by a zoo marksman on land close to the Maldon Road attraction at 4pm. 

The zoo launched an investigation into the escape and has confirmed said there was no evidence of foul play.

Bosses said they are struggling to comprehend how the wolves managed to break out of the enclosure, when it is checked daily.


In a statement it said it was "devastated" by the incident, adding: "Everyone involved would be grateful for time now to grieve for our lost animals away from further media intrusion. 

"We would also like to add our deep gratitude for the many messages of support that we are receiving."

 

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12:31pm Thu 28 Nov 13

PaulWagland says...

Why no pictures of the damaged enclosure? Will there be a police investigation into the escape? If it wasn't foul play, surely it was down to negligence? If the animals were dangerous enough to warrant shooting them, should the zoo's license to operate be reviewed?

I'm sure the owners of the zoo would dearly love to be excused from 'media intrusion', but should they be given that choice?
Why no pictures of the damaged enclosure? Will there be a police investigation into the escape? If it wasn't foul play, surely it was down to negligence? If the animals were dangerous enough to warrant shooting them, should the zoo's license to operate be reviewed? I'm sure the owners of the zoo would dearly love to be excused from 'media intrusion', but should they be given that choice? PaulWagland

3:35pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Route88 says...

On the basis that the wolves were not let out of their enclosure either deliberately or accidently, there must have ben a hole in the enclosure big enough for them to escape through. I initially supported the zoo in what they said they had to do but now I am having second thoughts as I simply do not believe that the wolves could have escaped the enclosure without leaving any indication as how they did it!
On the basis that the wolves were not let out of their enclosure either deliberately or accidently, there must have ben a hole in the enclosure big enough for them to escape through. I initially supported the zoo in what they said they had to do but now I am having second thoughts as I simply do not believe that the wolves could have escaped the enclosure without leaving any indication as how they did it! Route88

10:42pm Thu 28 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

I think they must have been planing this for weeks.
I think they must have been planing this for weeks. stevedawson

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