Zoo wolf climbs tree to escape from cage,caught after hour-long search

A female wolf recently gave Delhi Zoo authorities tough time after she climbed up a palm tree inside her enclosure and escaped from the cage.

Written by Nandini Thilak | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2012 1:33 am

A female wolf recently gave Delhi Zoo authorities tough time after she climbed up a palm tree inside her enclosure and escaped from the cage. She was tranquilised and captured following an hour-long search.

Zoo Curator R A Khan on Tuesday said the wolf,which was brought here with a male from Jaipur on April 18,forced the officials to launch standard emergency protocol after a labourer spotted her outside her cage around 9 am on June 10.

“The pair (of wolves) was kept in the same enclosure. But the lighter female managed to climb a palm tree inside the enclosure and jump out of it. After a labourer alerted us,a team of about 20 people launched a search and found her behind the elephant enclosure,” Khan said.

Once the runaway wolf was located,wardens cordoned off the area and zoo doctors used tranquiliser darts to capture her. “She has been shifted,along with the male,to a cage in the zoo hospital. We will cut the trees inside the enclosure and fortify it with additional nets,before putting them back into their designated cage,” Khan said. He said the cage was strong enough because it housed other carnivore,such as hyenas,in the past.

Zoo officials said they discovered from the wolf’s wet coat after she was caught that her “misadventure” included a swim in a pond near the area where elephants are kept.

“A year ago,we had to close the zoo for hours after a white tigress escaped from her cage. This time around,we didn’t have to keep the public out because a solitary wolf is not considered aggressive. We are prepared to meet such emergencies. The wolf was captured without disturbing our visitors,” Khan said. The tigress strayed into a larger enclosure from her cage in March 2011. She was tranquilised and captured.

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