On Friday 21st July 2017 at 11:00am, keepers discovered a female Eurasian Wolf had escaped from its enclosure, in an area away from the visitor section of the Park.
The emergency plan was activated immediately and trained keepers carried out an instant response.
As a precaution, all visitors and other staff were notified immediately. Those that were indoors were asked to remain where they were. Others were asked to stay vigilant while the relevant team dealt with the situation. At no time were members of the public in any danger as the Wolf was away from the visitor area throughout.
The Wolf was quickly located just outside the Park’s perimeter fence, towards the A361. Trained keepers attempted to tranquillise her but, unfortunately, she was out of range. Therefore, the difficult decision was made to euthanise the animal. This was carried out quickly and professionally by a trained member of staff.
A full investigation into the incident is being carried out.
Thames Valley Police were informed of the situation and were kept updated throughout.
We are grateful for the way in which our visitors cooperated and thank them for their understanding.
The Park was soon returned to normal.
All staff at the Park have been left devastated after a very difficult time and would be grateful for your consideration.