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Horned beast sparks police warning as goatantelope escapes enclosure at Devon zoo

The mountain-dwelling creature is not one of the site’s most dangerous animals and is more likely to run away from people than approach them, the zoo said. Phil Knowling, a spokesperson from Paignton Zoo, said: “Our main concern now is that the animal is safe and well, that we locate her and get her back into familiar territory with the rest of the herd.“She is probably pretty stressed. We are hoping that a police drone with thermal imaging technology can help.”A police spokesperson added: “As you can see it is a horned beast and could be a danger to the public if startled.  A female West Caucasian tur escaped from an enclosure at Paignton Zoo in DevonCredit: Miriam Haas/Paignton Zoo/PA “If you see the tur, please make no efforts to corner it and call police immediately on 999.”Kevin Foster MP for Torbay and Paignton called for locals to look out for the animal.He said on Twitter: “If in Goodrington or Paignton today keep an eye out, but don’t approach as a resident of @PaigntonZoo has gone walkabout.”The West Caucasian tur, which is listed as an endangered species, is typically found in the Caucasus Mountain range between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.The wild population is currently estimated between 5,000 and 6,000. Police issued a safety warning over an escaped “horned beast” after an endangered goat-antelope broke free from its enclosure at a Devon zoo.The West Caucasian tur jumped a fence at Paignton Zoo on Monday before running into nearby woodland.Zoo keepers were moving a herd of turs into their enclosure when one female became spooked and broke out of the site.Staff contacted Devon and Cornwall police who launched a search for the animal using a drone fitted with thermal imaging technology.Vets were also scrambled to the zoo armed with dart guns.  A female West Caucasian tur escaped from an enclosure at Paignton Zoo in Devon Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more