Zoo’s hor­ror as missing lynx killed

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Karen Rock­ett

THE zoo that owned the es­caped lynx that was shot dead on the orders of the lo­cal coun­cil said it is “dev­as­tated and out­raged”.

Lil­lith, who was one-anda-half years old and twice the size of a do­mes­tic cat, had been missing since run­ning off on Oc­to­ber 29.

The zoo said the an­i­mal did not pose a threat to hu­mans, but Ceredi­gion Coun­cil an­nounced she had been killed after stray­ing into a “pop­u­lated area of the com­mu­nity”.

Borth Wild An­i­mal King­dom, in Aberys­t­wyth, Wales, said on Face­book yes­ter­day: “The de­ci­sion to kill her was not ours and we in no way agreed to or par­tic­i­pated in the shoot­ing of our baby Lynx. We are truly dev­as­tated and out­raged that this hap­pened.”

But a state­ment from the coun­cil said: “The safety of the pub­lic was para­mount and there­fore once the Lynx had strayed over to a pop­u­lated area of the com­mu­nity, it was nec­es­sary to act de­ci­sively.”

An­i­mal lovers took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their con­cern. One said: “Other coun­tries can tran­quil­lise big cats & other wildlife, cap­ture and move them to an­other lo­ca­tion... Shame on Ceredi­gion.”

SHOT DEAD: Lil­lith

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