Zoo hog on the loose

Gazette: The young hog has been on the run for a week. The young hog has been on the run for a week.

RESIDENTS have been warned not to approach a wild pig which has been missing from Colchester Zoo for a week.

The young red river hog escaped early last week after its group was spooked by either a trespasser or a fox, according to the Zoo’s boss.

Since then, keepers have been tracking the animal across Stanway fields, but have yet to catch her.

It is not known how she escaped. 

“We’re still looking for one of our red river hogs after she got out last week,” said Anthony Tropeano, zoo director.

“We’ve been laying trails for her to use to get back home but she hasn’t picked them up just yet.”

Mr Tropeano said the hog, which is about the size of a labrador dog, is not dangerous but asked residents not to approach it.

He added: “She certainly won’t attack, but for everyone’s safety, the best thing to do if people find her is to keep an eye on her and just call us at the zoo and we’ll be there as soon as we can.”

A number of sightings have been reported by residents near to the Stanway zoo, so the search has been made more focussed.

“We know the area she is in, we just need to get a hold of her,” Mr Tropeano added.

The director also said it is unusual for the animal to stay away for so long from its group.

“It is used to living in a big group so we think she is looking for a way to get herself home,” he said.

“It looks like the night before she got away, the whole group was spooked.

“We found the rest around the enclosure in odd places so something different must have happened.”

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3:09pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Muk says...

Run young hog, enjoy your newfangled freedom!
Run young hog, enjoy your newfangled freedom! Muk

5:28pm Wed 7 Aug 13

stevedawson says...

Just think if it was a tiger?
Just think if it was a tiger? stevedawson

6:37pm Wed 7 Aug 13

SOMETHING2SAY says...

apple sauce , jalepinos and sol beer !!
apple sauce , jalepinos and sol beer !! SOMETHING2SAY

10:42pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Taj says...

Have they tried looking in the vicinity of a famous pig farmer from the House of Lords
Have they tried looking in the vicinity of a famous pig farmer from the House of Lords Taj

1:43am Thu 8 Aug 13

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
Just think if it was a tiger?
Like the one in St Osyth last year?
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Just think if it was a tiger?[/p][/quote]Like the one in St Osyth last year? Boris

1:45am Thu 8 Aug 13

Boris says...

SOMETHING2SAY wrote:
apple sauce , jalepinos and sol beer !!
Well, it is the BBQ season.
.
Anyway, good luck to her if she wants to keep on lurking somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]SOMETHING2SAY[/bold] wrote: apple sauce , jalepinos and sol beer !![/p][/quote]Well, it is the BBQ season. . Anyway, good luck to her if she wants to keep on lurking somewhere. Boris

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