Flaviu the lynx captured after three weeks on the run


A lynx has been recaptured three weeks after he made a swift escape from a zoo.

Flaviu was reported missing from Dartmoor Zoological Park near Plymouth, Devon, on July 7, triggering a search involving a police helicopter and a drone.

He was caught on Saturday morning in a trap set by keepers, zoo owner Benjamin Mee told the Sun on Sunday.

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Mee said: "Every professional tracker I'd spoken to said it could take three months.

"The most important thing is he's safe. He's grumpy but we're already trying to find a female lynx to keep him company."

The two-year-old Carpathian lynx had previously evaded capture despite several sightings and bait and humane traps being set.

Experts hunting for the wildcat even tried playing sounds from its mother to lure it.

Hectic morning so far dealing with the escape of

Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the zoo from Port Lympne animal park in Kent. Keepers arrived to find the wildcat - similar in size to a Labrador dog - had chewed through a board in a wall.

Thirty members of staff and volunteers began combing the zoo but found no trace of the carnivore, concluding that he had left the park.