Monday, 6 November 2017

The lynx effect: search for one-year-old Lillith continues in west Wales

Borth Wild Animal Kingdom attracts large crowd of visitors as mother prowls cage while offspring eludes staff and police

Monday 30 October 2017 18.10 GMTFirst published on Monday 30 October 2017 16.53 GMT

Zoo keepers kitted out with thermal imaging equipment, nets and cages baited with rabbit have been scouring a craggy hillside and the gardens of a seaside town in search of a wild cat that made a daring leap for freedom.

Lillith the Eurasian lynx is thought to have climbed a spindly sapling growing in the pen she shared with her mother and two siblings and dived over a 4-metre fence and two electrified wires, possibly as she chased a bird.

The year-old lynx – around twice the size of a domestic cat – has eluded the efforts of staff at the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in west Wales and those of Dyfed-Powys police, who provided a helicopter to recapture her.

“We’re pretty sure we know roughly where she is,” said Dean Tweedy, who runs the small coastal zoo with wife, Tracy. “It’s a matter of tempting her back. It’s a waiting game. She’s never hunted for herself or ate live food so she’ll soon get hungry if she can’t catch rabbits or rodents.”

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