Wolf recaptured after park escape
Published 06/04/2010 | 19:41
A wolf was recaptured after escaping from her enclosure at a wildlife park.
Visitors to the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie were taken to secure areas while staff tried to catch the animal.
She escaped from her enclosure at around 4pm on Tuesday and was recaptured within an hour.
The park was busy with visitors at the time but a spokesman said visitors were never in any danger.
A spokesman for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the charity that owns and operates the Highland Wildlife Park, said: "The animal remained in the vicinity of its enclosure and the keepers were aware of her location at all times.
"She walked of her own free will into an empty enclosure where she was darted using a tranquilliser gun for transfer to her enclosure. She is now recovering.
"Visitors to the park were kept away from the immediate area and at no time were the public in any danger."
He said the park has "robust procedures" in place to deal with an escape situation.
It is thought the European wolf was able to escape because recent cold weather has made part of the enclosure's fence fragile. It has now been repaired.
She is currently the only wolf at the park.