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Wolf Shot Dead In Hungary After Escape From Pécs Zoo


After a wolf escaped on Saturday morning from the zoo in Pécs, in southern Hungary – and after an extensive search – the zoo’s director  in the end shot the animal after it was spotted by passers-by. The wolf had managed to get over a two-and-a-half-metre electric fence, the zoo’s director Miklós Szatyor told Hungarian news agency MTI.

The animal arrived from Italy with two kin on Friday. The forest park around the zoo was evacuated and hikers were warned to leave surrounding areas and stay away. Zoo officials and the authorities did everything possible to track down the wolf until noon on Sunday, the director Miklós Szatyor told MTI earlier.

The Southern city of Pécs has one of the smallest zoos in Hungary. It was established in 1960 in the Mecsek mountain above the city. Pécs’s aquarium-terrarium, built in 1985 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the zoo,  is separate from the zoo, in the inner city located within the medieval cellar system. The zoo has approximately 100,000 visitors annually.

via and MTI