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Escape attempt by zoo wolves backfires


Posted on Thursday, 17 July, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

The escape attempt didn't go quite as planned. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Malene Thyssen
A pack of wolves at a zoo in Winnipeg managed to dig a tunnel straight in to the polar bear enclosure.
Wolves at Assiniboine Park Zoo might have thought that their success in digging a tunnel out of their enclosure would net them a one-way ticket to freedom, but upon emerging through the other side of their escape route the pack of 5 grey wolves found themselves trapped inside an enclosure full of polar bears instead.

Fortunately the bears couldn't have been less interested in their canine visitors and simply slept through the whole thing while the wolves paced around them.

Zoo officials didn't discover the scenario until the next morning.

All the animals were soon removed from the enclosure while the tunnel was sealed up and things are now back to normal. A spokesman for the zoo was keen to emphasize that it would not have been possible for the wolves to have tunneled in to an area frequented by members of the public.

Source: io9.com | Comments (16)

Tags: Wolves, Polar Bears, Zoo

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew on 17 July, 2014, 13:05
Wouldn't want to be Polar Bear's chew toy!
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 17 July, 2014, 19:18
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lilly on 17 July, 2014, 19:22
....Media reports say five wolves walked around without disturbing two female polar bears that were asleep at the time. Those are some damn lucky wolves.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Troublehalf on 18 July, 2014, 4:06
I'm doing a quick reply... but... Otters (Sea Otters) and Penguins are not natural enemies... They don't live near each other. I can only hope it was a joke, as I don't believe there has ever been a case of a Sea Otter eating penguins in the wild. Unless somebody was cruel and put either thousands of miles where they should be.
Comment icon #11 Posted by hellwyr on 18 July, 2014, 10:56
just let them roam free or put them into an national park, america is so vast but still oyu need to put them into a tiny zoo
Comment icon #12 Posted by Beacon_Field on 18 July, 2014, 12:20
You are in the Natural World subforum, in the Science and Space forum. We have a little something for everyone here at UM. Good point.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 18 July, 2014, 16:41
Wolves must've been trying to get something they saw in the polar bear's house. Just hoping that the wolves are being treated properly.
Comment icon #14 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 19 July, 2014, 6:01
Guessing someone forgot which way was north
Comment icon #15 Posted by G3N0M3 on 25 July, 2014, 21:24
WOOOOO!!! Something from my city on this website!! OMG OMG, were like... Famous now! Haha, just kidding. But seriously I didn't even hear about this happening and this would have been all over the radio LOL
Comment icon #16 Posted by G3N0M3 on 25 July, 2014, 21:30
just let them roam free or put them into an national park, america is so vast but still oyu need to put them into a tiny zoo Sorry to break it too you but Winnipeg isn't an American city. True though that they should maybe have a larger enclosure. Even then, we Canadians are crazy about our wildlife, we will have a Lynx, or Wolf or any other wild animal as our companion/pet.


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