Raccoon digs out of zoo enclosure
Keepers are searching for a missing raccoon which has escaped from a zoo.
Female raccoon Missy excavated a large hole in her cage to leave Tropiquaria in Washford, Somerset.
The ground had softened thanks to recent flooding - allowing the 18-month-old animal to dig her way out.
Chris Moiser, zoological director at Tropiquaria, warned that Missy could bite if handled by members of the public.
"The sad thing is that we have had raccoons in that enclosure for two years with no trouble whatsoever," Mr Moiser said.
"It is only with the recent flooding that the ground has softened sufficiently for her to dig out.
"We have had a number of problems with the recent flooding and have had to evacuate some animals from outside enclosures, but we really thought that the raccoons were safe.
"Missy will not have any problems in surviving in the English climate but it does worry us that she is out."
Mr Moiser said Missy's partner, six-year-old Rocky, had been left extremely upset by her departure.
He added: " If you see her, could you please contact me on 07751 363198 and we will be out for her straightaway.
"Do not try and handle her as she may bite - just observe her from a distance. If she does enter an outbuilding, if possible do lock her in."