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5 wolves escape British zoo

Officials say five wolves escaped from the Colchester Zoo in Essex, England on Tuesday.

By
Kate Stanton

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A pack of timber wolves from the Colchester Zoo caused a ruckus in Essex, England on Tuesday when five of them escaped from their enclosure. One of the wolves immediately returned to the site, two were shot dead, while another was darted and recaptured.

"Unfortunately, an anaesthetic dart takes 15 minutes to take effect and may not work at all in a stressed animal so two wolves that had left the perimeter of the zoo had to be shot," the zoo explained in a statement. "They are wild animals and in an unpredictable situation they would have posed a risk to the public."

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Essex police lent a helicopter and ground units to the search for the remaining wolf.

Zoo officials later said that the last wolf "had to be destroyed" has a safety measure.

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"We have obviously had a very difficult day and would be grateful for your consideration," they added.

[Telegraph, Metro]

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