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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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One of two lions that escaped from east German zoo shot dead after attempts to tranquillise it failed, zoo director says.

A lion has been shot dead at a zoo in Belgium after escaping from its cage. Picture: David SmithSource:News Corp Australia. (Lion pictured is not the lion that escaped ) Picture: David SmithSource:News Corp Australia. The lion got out just after opening time at the zoo , located around

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 lion has been shot dead after escaping its enclosure at a zoo in Belgium. The female lion escaped its enclosure at Planckendael Zoo , but did not get out of the zoo grounds. The site was evacuated and closed while a veterinarian tried to sedate the animal. However, the zoo later reported that the lion

A lion has been shot dead at a zoo in Belgium after escaping from its cage. The female lion escaped its enclosure at Planckendael Zoo but did not get out of the zoo grounds. Around 40 visitors, including schoolchildren, were kept in the gift shop or in the car park while a veterinarian tried to sedate the

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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Planckendael zoo was evacuated and placed on lockdown after the female lion went on the loose on Thursday morning. Zoo workers struggled in vain The zoo later said in a statement: “ After two failed anaesthetic attempts, we had to let the escaped lion sleep. At no point were any visitors or staff at risk.”

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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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