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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