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WorldSnow leopard shot dead at Dudley Zoo after escaping enclosure

18:30  30 november  2018
18:30  30 november  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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A snow leopard was shot and killed at a zoo in the United Kingdom after it escaped an enclosure left open by its keeper, zoo officials said.

© Dudley Zoo Margaash was shot dead at Dudley Zoo on October 23 after he escaped his enclosure . A snow leopard was shot and killed at a zoo in the United Kingdom after it escaped an enclosure left open by its keeper, zoo officials said. The revelation Friday that Margaash, an

Snow leopard shot dead at Dudley Zoo after escaping enclosure© Dudley Zoo Margaash was shot dead at Dudley Zoo on October 23 after he escaped his enclosure.

A snow leopard was shot and killed at a zoo in the United Kingdom after it escaped an enclosure left open by its keeper, zoo officials said.

The revelation Friday that Margaash, an 8-year-old snow leopard, was shot dead October 23, after the zoo had closed to visitors, prompted dismay among conservationists. The species is considered vulnerable to becoming endangered.

"This was an incredibly sad incident and our staff are understandably heartbroken," Dudley Zoological Gardens Director Derek Grove said in a statement.

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A snow leopard was shot dead after a zookeeper left the enclosure door open and it escaped . The zoo said the leopard was killed by a senior member of the firearms team with a single shot and did not suffer. It added staff had no other option and the decision was taken in the interest of public safety.

A snow leopard has been shot dead after escaping from its zoo enclosure . The eight-year-old animal was killed at 5pm on 23 October after Dudley zoo in the West Midlands said it had “no other option in the interest of public safety”. The zoo said the snow leopard , called Margaash, was shot

Snow leopard shot dead at Dudley Zoo after escaping enclosure© Shutterstock Dudley zoo's director said the snow leopard did not suffer as it was euthanized with a single shot.

"Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort," he said. "Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to his enclosure failed and as the animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, the vet did not believe a tranquillizer dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work."

Zoo staff had "no other option in the interest of public safety," according to the statement, adding that the animal "did not suffer" as it was euthanized with a single shot by a senior member of the firearms team.

The zoo's focus since the incident "has been to fully investigate what happened and carry out a stringent review of all zoo enclosure security," according to the statement.

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A snow leopard was shot dead as it attempted to escape from Dudley Zoo , it has been confirmed. Director Derek Grove said the zoo was "heartbroken" after the "incredibly sad" incident that followed The eight-year-old leopard was killed in October, after a keeper left the door to his enclosure open.

A snow leopard was shot dead after a zookeeper left the enclosure door open and it escaped . The zoo said the leopard was killed by a senior member of the firearms team with a single shot and did not suffer. It added staff had no other option and the decision was taken in the interest of public safety.

The Snow Leopard Trust noted that snow leopards remain under severe threat and are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which means the species faces a real danger of extinction, spokesman Matt Fiechter told CNN.

While it's hard to pinpoint the species' global population, the Snow Leopard Trust estimates that only between 4,000 and 6,500 animals remain in the wild, he said. The global zoo population of snow leopards stands around 500.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council was "hugely saddened" by the news of the snow leopard's death but supports the zoo's handling of the incident, said Cathryn Bayton, a local politician responsible for public health.

"We fully support the actions they took and will be working with them, offering support and advice following this most unfortunate incident, and have every faith in their ability to deliver on the terms of their license," she told CNN.

Margaash arrived in 2011 at Dudley Zoo, in the English West Midlands, from Banham Zoo, in the east of England, and lived with a 3-year-old female named Taïga.

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