Warning as lynx escapes from Welsh wildlife park

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A young Eurasian lynx has escaped from a wildlife park in Wales.

The female, which is around twice the size of a domestic cat, is missing from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in Ceredigion.

The wildlife park said the lynx, which is called Lillith, does not pose a danger to humans but urged members of the public to avoid getting too close.

A post on its Facebook page said: "If you spot her, please do not approach her.

"Phone the police or contact the zoo straight away. We have fully-trained keepers on hand to deal with the situation."

The post adds: "There have never been any recorded attacks of a lynx on a human, but they are a wild animal with sharp teeth and claws and will attack if cornered or trapped."

The cat is described as tan and white in colour, with dark spots on her back and legs.

She has a distinctive "thick, stubby tail" which is tan at the base and black at the tip.

The park said: "Lynx can travel about 12 miles a day, but the chances are she hasn't gone far.

"We will be putting out camera traps around the perimeter of the zoo and relying on sightings by the public.

"Once we learn her location and follow her trail pattern we can set up monitored traps to catch her."

A spokeswoman for the park said a police helicopter had located the cat on the grounds on Sunday evening and will attempt to pinpoint her position again on Monday.

Anyone with information about the missing lynx should contact Borth Wild Animal Kingdom on 01970 871224.