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Friday, 13 December, 2002, 13:22 GMT
Missing lynx recaptured
Lynx
The lynx, similar to this one, is back in its pen
A lynx which escaped from a Scottish wildlife park last month has been recaptured.

The wildcat, which is about the size of a labrador and has black tufts on its ears, was reported missing from the Kirkcudbright Wildlife Park, Dumfries and Galloway.

It was spotted at 0830 GMT on Friday and caught in a trap at Cannee Farm, Kirkcudbright.

Wildlife park officials believe the lynx stayed in the local area during its period of freedom.

A police spokesman said: "The lynx is a little leaner than it was but is otherwise none the worse for its adventure, and is now safely back in its pen at the wildlife park."

Experts had predicted the animal would head for forest areas and stay clear of towns and villages.

Police did not believe the lynx was a danger to the public but warned them not to approach it and report any sightings.

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