Escaped lynx: a mate could be the consolation prize for recaptured Flaviu

The lynx is doing well and is in great condition Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

A lynx which is back in Dartmoor zoo after almost a month on the run is getting an incentive to stay put.

Flaviu, a two-year-old Carpathian lynx, disappeared after chewing his way out of his enclosure - and was only recaptured after being lured into a humane trap.

Now - plans are in place to find him a mate.

He’s grumpy but we’re already trying to find him a female lynx to keep him company.

Hopefully we can find him a mate and reproduce so we can continue the species.

– Ben Mee, zoo owner

And he'll be looking his best when he meets his lady-love - the zoo says the weeks in the wild haven't done Flaviu any harm, and he weighs exactly the same as when he escaped.