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Extensive search underway for lynx which broke loose from Devon Zoo

Flaviu managed to escape by chewing through a board in the wall of his new home.

POLICE IN THE UK are warning people not to approach a lynx which broke loose from Dartmoor Zoo in Devon.

The wild cat, named Flaviu, managed to escape by chewing through a board in the wall of his new home. Prior to this, the enclosure had successfully held Lynx for eight years.

FOT5947 Source: Dartmoor Zoo

A police helicopter has joined the extensive search for the animal.

The two-year-old from Port Lympne only arrived from Kent yesterday and was settled into his new house at 7.30pm.

It was only when keepers came to release him at 10am this morning that it was discovered he had escaped.

In a statement Dartmoor Zoo said, “Search teams are being organised for the local area and we have humane traps which we will be laying out in the vicinity.

These are of ample size to fit a Lynx and will not hurt him. They will contain various types of meat from specialist suppliers to tempt him and the door will then close behind him, trapping him unharmed where he can safely be returned to the Zoo.

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