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Escaped lynx on the run from the zoo finally recaptured

A lynx who escaped from Dartmoor zoo almost a month ago has finally been recaptured.

Flaviu, a two-year-old Carpathian lynx, disappeared after chewing his way out of his enclosure.

A major search was launched following the escape on July 7, and police used a helicopter and drone to try and locate the animal.

But he evaded capture on several occasions despite numerous sightings and humane traps being set with various types of meat.

The first picture of Flaviu - taken while he waits in quarantine to be checked over by keepers Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

Local schools were ordered to keep children indoors and around 25 humane traps were set.

Experts even tried to play sounds from its mother to try and lure it back.

Flaviu - who is around the size of a labrador - was eventually caught on Saturday morning in a trap set by head tracker Andrew Goatman.

He wandered into the trap 200 yards from Hemerdon Plantation, a woodland about a mile away from the zoo.

The most important thing is he's safe. He's grumpy but we're already trying to find a female lynx to keep him company.

– Benjamin Mee, Dartmoor Zoo owner
Flaviu disappeared on July 7 Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the park, with keepers arriving to find the wildcat had chewed through a board in the wall.

Thirty members of staff had initially tried to locate the animal before concluding it had escaped the park.

Flaviu's enclosure at Dartmoor Zoo Credit: ITV West Country

Flaviu is now in quarantine after he was sedated and transported the short quarter mile distance home.