Published: 08:00, 08 July 2016 |
Updated: 11:05, 14 July 2016
The search party for a wild cat on the run originally from a Kent has now been reduced to just four people to allow the animal to settle into his new territory.
Zookeepers announced this week that they are attempting to lure the lynx, sent from Port Lympne Zoo to Devon, by using bedding belonging to it’s mother and broadcasting recordings of her noises.
Two-year-old Flaviu the Lynx arrived at Dartmoor Zoo last Wednesday and settled into its new house at 7.30pm.
But instead of being duped by the traps loaded with meat, Flaviu has pinched the bait and run away.
In the latest bid to lure him back, the zoo’s manager, ‘We Bought a Zoo’ author Benjamin Mee, has decided to broadcast noises made by Flaviu’s mother across Dartmoor from a speaker placed near a humane trap in the hope he will follow her calls.
Head of the small cats section at Port Lympne Neville Buck will be attempting to record sounds of the mother to send over to Dartmoor Zoo.
Although mother Klementyna is based at Port Lympne and it is not the season for calls, zoo staff are confident this will work.
Mr Mee said: “We played a general lynx call (Sunday) night and some of our younger staff thought they heard a reply.
“We are hopeful that the noises, along with the bedding which we will place in one of the larger traps, will be enough to lure him out. Flaviu was very attached to his mum.”
Mr Mee said a tranquilliser will be used by staff to sedate the animal once they find it. He stressed that Flaviu does not pose a threat to the public.
“We will not try, at any stage, to shoot Flaviu with live firearms.”
Transport was arranged and a keeper from Dartmoor arrived on Wednesday morning to collect animal.
A drone with a thermal camera and humane traps are some of the methods being used to try to find the animal.
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