Colchester Zoo wolf escape: 'It was an unpredictable situation and they posed a high risk to the public'

Zoo keepers have launched an investigation to establish how five wolves escaped from their pen.

Three timber wolves were shot dead and two others recaptured after they escaped through a damaged fence at Colchester Zoo, Essex, yesterday morning.

One of the wolves which was shot was found beyond the zoo's perimeter after an eight-hour search.

Staff were said to be devastated by the deaths.

A zoo spokesman warned: "They are wild animals and in an unpredictable situation they would have posed a risk to the public."

Today zoo bosses said they were trying to establish how the damage was caused.

"Colchester Zoo management are holding an investigation today, and we have no further comment to make at this time," the spokesman added.

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Wolves escape from Colchester Zoo

An investigation's underway after five wolves escaped from Colchester Zoo. Keepers discovered they had got out through a hole in the fence. One returned to the enclosure, one was recaptured, and three were shot dead.