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Escaped snow leopard shot dead at Dudley Zoo
There are thought to be as few as 4,000 snow leopards left in the wild.
Human error led to a snow leopard escaping the enclosure

Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands has confirmed that an eight-year-old snow leopard, named Margaash, was euthanised after failing to return to its enclosure after escaping. The enclosure had been accidentally left open by a zoo keeper.

As soon as Margaash was spotted outside the enclosure, the procedure for escaped animals was activated and the firearms team were called.

Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to the enclosure failed, and public safety was deemed to be at risk due to the approaching darkness and surrounding woodlands. Veterinary advice deemed a tranquilliser dart inadequate due to the amount of time necessary for the drug to take effect.

Derek Grove, director of Dudley Zoo, stated: “Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort… Safety of the public is always of paramount importance and our staff are highly experienced and rigorously trained.

"This was an incredibly sad incident and our staff are understandably heartbroken.”

A disciplinary operation has taken place with the staff involved. Zoo security is also being reviewed.

There are thought to be as a few as 4,000 snow leopards left in the wild. Margaash was the father of a snow leopard cub who died aged eleven weeks.

The Snow Leopard Trust commented: “Our thoughts are of course with Margaash; the snow leopard that was tragically killed, but also with the staff and volunteers of Dudley Zoo who must be in shock and grief.

"It's a great loss, and we hope the necessary measures will be taken to avoid any such tragic situation in the future."

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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The new guides can be downloaded here. Printed versions of the new guides can be ordered by veterinary practices in exchange for a donation to PetSavers.