Wolf sparks police search after escaping from zoo

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."

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Zoo escape wolves shot dead

Three wolves being hunted by police after escaping from Colchester Zoo in Essex earlier today has been shot dead. Five in total managed to escape from the perimeter fence - one retuned to the zoo and another was recaptured.