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Colchester Zoo wolves shot dead after escaping

A wolf that was on the run after escaping from its enclosure at an Essex zoo has been shot dead.

The animal - said to be a danger to the public - was one of five timber wolves that escaped from Colchester Zoo.

Zoo staff found the perimeter fence damaged earlier and five of the six wolves were missing.

Sarah Forsyth, of the zoo, said the "dangerous wild animals" would have posed a risk to the public and had to be destroyed.

BBC Look East's Kim Riley reports.

  • 26 Nov 2013
  • From the section Essex