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    Wolf on loose from Night Safari

    Wolf on loose from Night Safari
    Bangkok Post, 4th August 2006
    CHEEWIN SATTHA

    Chiang Mai Night Safari staff have been trying in vain to capture an escaped grey wolf that has been on the loose from the zoo for more than a month. The three-year-old female wolf was seen about 3pm yesterday in a wood about five kilometres from the zoo.

    ''She looked exhausted, frightened and very skinny,'' said Supoj Methapiwat, director of the zoo's animal management office.

    A team of veterinarians and zoo staff equipped with tranquiliser guns and nets have been deployed in the area in hopes of capturing the errant carnivore.

    The fugitive is one of six grey wolves the Night Safari bought from a zoo in the Czech Republic.

    The animals, which cost ''several tens of thousands of baht each'', arrived in Chiang Mai seven months ago, said Mr Supoj.

    The wolf was harmless and would usually run away from humans.

    The animal had escaped from its cage about a month ago, but the zoo did not alert the public because ''the wolf is tame and unlikely to pose any harm to people''.

    The escape came to light after villagers living near the park saw a strange animal eating their chickens. They first thought it was a hyena and this caused widespread panic locally.

    Mr Supoj yesterday confirmed that the creature was a wolf, not a hyena.

    He said the Night Safari currently had 10 hyenas, three of them babies born at the zoo.

    ''The latest head count shows that all of them are still here,'' he said.

    The controversial Chiang Mai Night Safari, which officially opened in February, has faced strong protests from local villagers and wildlife activists concerned about the animals' welfare.

    A number of controversial animal exchanges and trade deals with foreign zoos have been made to fill the 1.2-billion-baht park.

    Nikom Phuttha of Wildlife Fund Thailand urged the Night Safari to improve its wild animal management and ensure that cages were up to standard and strong enough to prevent animals from escaping.

    Mr Supoj pleaded with anyone who sees the lost wolf to avoid hurting it and to alert zoo staff by calling 053-999-097 or 01-994-0139

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    sounds as if Thai officials do have a habit of hiding things they do not want to admit..


    Kinda reminds me of the H5N1 that a certain official hid or tried to from the world and the folks in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawatdee
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    The animals, which cost ''several tens of thousands of baht each'', arrived in Chiang Mai seven months ago, said Mr Supoj.

    Mr Supoj pleaded with anyone who sees the lost wolf to avoid hurting it and to alert zoo staff by calling 053-999-097 or 01-994-0139
    Bit of a classic story this one!

    Geez, who's gonna harm the thing after this report!?

    Tell the local villagers up there in Chiang Mai that the wolf is worth tens of thousands on baht and sure they'll all be out looking for it tonite!

    Perhaps Mr Supoj, ought to soon be looking for the wolf at The Weekend Market in Bangkok after some villagers sell the things off to some wolf-dealer for a very handsome profit!
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    Safety concerns grow as wolf still on prowl
    The Nation, 6th august 2006

    The wolf-hunting mission in Chiang Mai continued yesterday but ended in failure as residents worried about their own and their pets' safety.

    A Canadian grey wolf escaped from the Night Safari Zoo about one month ago and has reportedly killed 200 chickens, five dogs and some ducks in the villages of Ban Pong Noi, Ban Ramperng and Ban Sanlomjoi.

    Villagers have been hunting the wolf at night since Wednesday. A team of 50 zookeepers, armed with four anaesthetic guns and a cage, has been seeking the wolf during the day since Friday, led by zoo project director Plodprasop Suraswadi.

    The last sighting of the animal was in Ban Sanlomjoi in Muang district's Mae Hia area.

    "The wolf seems to know it is being hunted and runs off immediately when it sees humans," said village headwoman Phornthip Uttama.

    "We are hunting it to ensure the safety of our villagers, not for the Bt10,000 reward on offer from the zoo.

    "We will try our best to not kill the wolf if we find it. We will shoot it with a tranquilliser dart and take it to the zoo."

    Zoo officials believe the wolf is hiding not far from the zoo and are confident of catching it soon.

    On Friday night the wolf killed three chicks and one puppy belonging to villager Ploy Chaiyanta. The zoo agreed to pay compensation.

    Originally it was claimed that two hyenas had escaped from the zoo, but this was denied by officials, who said the wolf had been the only animal to escape. They said it had been bred in captivity in the Czech Republic and was not dangerous to humans.

    Ekaphong Praditwong

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    Hunters capture wolf that escaped Thai zoo

    A Canadian wolf that escaped from a new zoo in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai and caused havoc across the countryside has been captured, local officials said Sunday.

    The wolf, which had been brought to Chiang Mai Night Safari from the Czech Republic, escaped one month ago but zoo officials did not alert the public because they believed the animal posed no danger.

    But villagers were soon reporting mysterious deaths of chickens and dogs, prompting a wolf-hunt involving 50 zoo keepers.

    The rogue wolf at first eluded capture, but the mission ended with success late Saturday night when hunters finally found the beast walking down a dirt road and shot it with anaesthetic guns.

    "We didn't know how to hunt a wolf and the first effort caused the wolf to be scared," Pornthip Uttama, a village headwoman from Chiang Mai province, told AFP.

    The Night Safari has been open just seven months, but has been mired in controversy.

    First came reports that it was to serve meat from exotic animals at its restaurant, and then there was an outcry over plans to import animals from Kenya. Both plans have since been abandoned.

    Agence France-Presse

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    Gray wolf returned to night safari after being treated for pneumonia

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    A Canadian gray wolf that was captured on August 8th after escaping from the night safari over a month ago, has returned to the zoo. Following the wolf’s recapture last week, night safari officials took it to the veterinary hospital at Chiang Mai University, where it was treated for pneumonia, high fever and exhaustion. The following day vets allowed it to return to the zoo.
    Supoj Methapiwat, director of the animal display department of the night safari, announced that the wolf, named “Jao-Long”, had made an almost full recovery and received frequent check-ups from staff at the university’s veterinary hospital.
    Visitors to the zoo will not be allowed to disturb Jao-Long until he is fully recovered.

    Chiangmai Mail

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    Sadly, 'Hlong' the Canadian wolf has died from pneumonia.

    He had only arrived back at the Night Safari for 3 days after undergoing treatment at the local animal hospital.
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    Sadly he must have been to domesticated to survive in the wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Suphan
    Sadly, 'Hlong' the Canadian wolf has died from pneumonia.

    He had only arrived back at the Night Safari for 3 days after undergoing treatment at the local animal hospital.
    Sad indeed, but at least he had a taste of freedom.

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    Grey wolf dies after recapture
    The Nation, 24th August 2006

    Hlong, the Canadian grey wolf that escaped from the Night Safari Zoo and was recaptured earlier this month, has died after being treated for pneumonia.

    Supoj Methapiwat, director of the zoo's animal management office, said Hlong died suddenly last week, three days after returning from the animal hospital at Chiang Mai University. Its condition had been improving, prompting the zoo to plan to put it on show for a few days, he said.

    Supoj said visits from reporters and villagers while the wolf was in hospital might have stressed the animal, affecting its recovery. He said the zoo did not inform the public about its death straight away because it initially regarded it as "normal" and decided to wait for an autopsy result.

    The animal hospital will today submit the autopsy result to the zoo. The wolf's body will then be preserved and stuffed for study purposes.

    Hospital director Wanna Suriyasathaporn said Hlong was admitted on August 9 and treated for pneumonia and diarrhoea.

    Hlong, one of six grey wolves bought from the Czech Republic, was on the loose for more than a month before being recaptured on August 5 by villagers armed with anaesthetic guns and nets.

    Wildlife Fund Thailand secretary-general Surapol Duangkhae urged zoo executives to reveal whether any other animals were on the loose.

    A resident of Mae Hia tambon said many villagers had claimed to have spotted grey wolves in different locations at the same time, raising suspicions there were more of the carnivores on the loose.

    The Nation

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