Escaped Lynx ‘Who Posed No Threat To Humans’ Is Killed

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An animal park says it is ‘devastated’ after the local council shot dead a year-and-a-half year old Eurasian lynx that they had spent the last three weeks searching for following its escape.

A young juvenile, Lilleth the lynx was about twice the size of a normal house cat, and had escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom near Aberystwyth on October 29.

While alerting local people not to approach the animal on sighting, the zoo said that it did not pose any threat to humans. However, Ceredigion Council said that it had killed the little lynx after she ‘strayed over to a populated area of the community’, reports the Telegraph.

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In a Facebook post, Borth Wild Animal Kingdom expressed their sadness at the death of Lilleth at the hands of the local council, explaining the lengths they had gone to to try and recapture the small escapee.

The park says that there have never been any recorded attacks by a lynx on a human.

They said:

For the past three weeks we have been tracking and attempting to catch her in a safe way.

We have employed 24-hour, on-site help from expert trackers and animal recovery specialists who have been aiding us in our efforts, but she proved to be quite elusive.

We have spared no expense or effort in our search.

We are truly devastated by the hunting and killing of Lillith last night. For the past three weeks we have been tracking…

Posted by Borth Wild Animal Kingdom on Saturday, 11 November 2017

They continued:

I would like to make it clear to everyone … that the decision to kill her was not ours and we in no way agreed to or participated in the shooting of our baby Lynx.

We are truly devastated and outraged that this happened.

The zoo had been closed since the discovery of Lilleth’s breakout on October 29, as zookeepers pulled out all stops too try to locate the lynx.

Under new management, the Facebook statement explains that when they took over the park it was ‘in a terrible state’ and the enclosures were ‘ rotting and not fit for purpose’.

As the park was undergoing a council inspection the zookeepers received a call that Lilleth had been located.

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Lilleth was found near a caravan and cornered, only a net’s throw away from recovery when a council official slipped on the ground, causing her to escape.

After a fruitless day of searching the zoo received another call last night to inform them that Lilleth had been shot.

Ceredig Davies of Aberystwyth Council shared a statement on their Facebook:

It is with deep regret that Ceredigion County Council reports on the humane destruction of the Eurasian Lynx that recently escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom.

The safety of the public was paramount and therefore once the Lynx had strayed over to a populated area of the community it was necessary to act decisively.

Borth Wild Animal Kingdom’s post said:

We have employed 24-hour, on-site help from expert trackers and animal recovery specialists who have been aiding us in our efforts, but she proved to be quite elusive.

We have spared no expense or effort in our search.

Our thoughts are with Lilleth, and the staff at Borth Wild Animal Kingdom.

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