Escaped lynx recaptured and returned to Dartmoor Zoo

A two-year-old lynx called Flaviu which escaped from his enclosure at Dartmoor Zoo has been recaptured after weeks on the run

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Police advice if you spot the missing lynx

Flaviu the lynx has escaped from his enclosure Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

PC James Timmis from Devon and Cornwall Police warns people not to approach Flaviu the lynx who is missing from Dartmoor Zoo but to dial 999.

The basic advice is, if you do see the animal, please call us on 999. Don't approach it, certainly don't try to corner it. We've got trained people out there, people from the park with tranquilliser guns and they can - if necessary - attend to capture the animal.

– PC James Timmis from Devon and Cornwall Police

Twitter account set up for missing lynx

The lynx appears to have his own Twitter account Credit: Twitter

It seems the young lynx on the run from Dartmoor Zoo is social media savvy. Here are a few posts from a twitter account in the name of @DartmoorLynx


Lynx escapes from Dartmoor Zoo

A lynx is the size of a large cat Credit: PA

A major search is underway after a lynx escaped its enclosure at Dartmoor Zoo.

The animal is thought to have left the grounds. Police have visited two local schools to reassure them and make sure pupils are inside. Officers have also gone house to house in the area.

The police helicopter is assisting in the search.

The animal should not be approached as it could become dangerous if alarmed or cornered.

  • If people sight it they should call 999 immediately quoting log 252 of 7 July 2016
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