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."
More top news
The multi-million pound company wanted 500 teenagers to work unpaid - but the chain changed its mind after being criticised on social media.
The American president insists Obamacare will 'explode' despite the humiliating cancellation of the healthcare bill vote.
Police are investigating the death of a teenager who died shortly after an amateur boxing match held last night.