There was a huge panic in Nekede town, near Owerri, on Monday morning, based on the reported escape of wildlife from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park, it was said that a male Hyena escaped from the zoo.
According to reports from Punch, the General Manager of the park, Mr. Francis Abioye, has confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri.
Mr. Abioye Francis said the animal was later caught by wildlife experts in the zoo, within six hours after it escaped.
He further explained that the incident caused panic in Nekede which is the host community in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile, according to the general manager, who led the operation, he said the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method” which is the professional term used in the line.
He expressed joy that there was no casualty from the incident that happened early this morning.
According to him, the hyena dug a huge underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to find its way pout of the cage.
“I can confirm to you that a giant hyena escaped from its cage early this morning through an underground hole it dug but was later recaptured by experts.
“The animal was able to gain its freedom from the premises through a vandalized part of the boundary fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.
He also said the operation was being carried out effectively with the help of the attached operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps attached to the facility in Nekede.
He conclusively advised all residents of the area to go about their normal day to day businesses without fear, as the situation had been brought under control and with no casualty recorded.