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There are unconfirmed reports that a wolf that escaped from Colchester Zoo has been shot dead and was seen being loaded into a 4x4 vehicle, local press reports.
Colchester Zoo has refused to confirm on the reports while it prepares a statement.
Five wolves managed to escape from Colchester Zoo after the perimeter fence was damaged.
Two of the wolves were shot and killed, one was recaptured while the other returned voluntarily.
Essex Police are searching for the remaining wolf who is thought to be sheltering in thick undergrowth.
A police helicopter has been deployed to assist with the search.
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Police in Essex are looking for a wolf which has escaped from a zoo. The animal was reported missing from Colchester Zoo in Essex at about 8 o'clock this morning: