Panic as wolves escape zoo

Last updated 08:20 27/11/2013

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It was panic stations after a wolf went on the run when a pack of five animals escaped from a British zoo.

Colchester Zoo in southeastern England said the timber wolves escaped through a damaged fence.

Two were found quickly and shot, because they were "wild animals ... in an unpredictable situation."

Another was hit with a tranquilizer dart and recaptured, and a fourth returned to its pen.

But the fifth was missing for several hours and police teams were dispatched to help the zoo find it.

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

After several hours, police tweeted:

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

Officials said they do not know how the fence around the pen became damaged despite being checked on a daily basis.

- Agencies

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