Welsh animal park facing calls to close after second lynx dies in 'terrible handling error'

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A zoo is facing calls to close after it emerged that a secondl ynx was accidentally asphyxiated within days of the shooting and killing of Lillith the lynx, who escaped from her enclosure at the seaside attraction.

Borth Wild Animal Kingdom near Aberyswyth, west Wales, has been criticised for having "no understanding of wild animal behaviour or welfare needs" by the Lynx UK Trust, who said a second cat had died after keepers at the zoo tried to move it to another enclosure using a dog noose.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the zoo confirmed that Nilly, an adult female who was unrelated to Lillith but shared an enclosure with her, had died after the decision was taken to move the animal to "a more suitable enclosure" when they were give 24 hours' notice of an inspection.

Borth Wild Animal Kingdom said: "Unfortunately, there seems to have been a terrible handling error where it seems she twisted in the catch-pole and became asphyxiated.

"An internal investigation is under way, and a key member of staff has been unable to work since the ordeal as they are truly devastated by what has happened.

"The authorities were notified after the incident and will be carrying out their own full investigation."

Lillith, an 18-month-old Eurasian lynx and twice the size of a domestic cat, was killed on Friday night after the local authority received advice from a specialist veterinary surgeon that the risk to public well-being had increased from moderate to severe.

Park staff said that the animal, which had been missing since since October 29, did not pose a threat to humans and were "devastated and outraged" by her death.

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  • 2lefthands

    14:02, 20 November 2017

    Lynx were indigenous to Britain and beautiful Lilleth posed no threat to any human. I'm greatly saddened that the council chose to listen to a specialist veterinary ('A', means only one) rather than to the Lynx Trust or more than one vet. And if it was possible to get close enough to catch her in the cross hairs then why wasn't she sedated? That works for wild lions, leopards, elephants etc. It shows a GUNg ho attitude. Has the council consulted any wild life experts about permitting the zoo? What safeguards have been put in place to protect the welfare of the animals? Conditions are not good, it's not Chester or Whipsnade! It panders to an almost Victorian 'interest' in foreign animals as curios rather than sentient life.

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