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Essex Police have confirmed that the missing wolf from Colchester Zoo has been "found and destroyed" by zoo staff:
A wolf that escaped from Colchester Zoo earlier today has been shot dead, ITV Anglia report.
Five wolves in total escaped from their enclosure this morning. One returned, another was recaptured and two were shot earlier this afternoon.
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.
Colchester Zoo said it was "devastated" by the death of two of their "beloved" Timber wolves.
The two wolves were among five that escaped their enclosure this morning at around 7.30pm. In a statement, the Zoo said they were still looking for one of the escaped wolves, with the help of police.
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 are hunting for a wolf after it escaped from Colchester Zoo earlier today.
The animal was reported missing at around 8am
Essex police said a helicopter had been dispatched to assist with the search, but insisted the wolf "does not pose a risk to the public".
"Police are currently assisting staff at Colchester Zoo searching for a wolf that's escaped from the zoo site," a police spokesman said.
"Officials at the zoo have said that wolves are naturally timid, and provided they're not cornered in any way, do not pose a risk to the public."