first_imgWillow seems to have settled in well, hopefully she will be Flaviu soon:-) #romanceisintheair— Dartmoor Zoo (@DartmoorZoo) December 7, 2016 A rare bird of prey has escaped from Dartmoor Zoo, nine months after a Lynx ran free from the same place.Wendy, a nine year-old striated caracara, made her escape on Monday.This frustrated keepers who had finally found her a mature male to mate with.Wendy, whose species is native to the Falkland Islands and the tip of South America , is said to have flown ‘down-stream’ and ‘lost her bearings’ after a gust of wind during exercising. Farmers hunted them to near-extinction in the Falklands during the early part of last century but there numbers have since recovered.David Buncle, bird of prey specialist at Dartmoor Zoo, said: “She’s very inquisitive so may approach houses or people.”She’s got enough body fat to survive by herself for a few days, but the main concern is getting her back safe”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The escape comes just nine months after the zoo’s missing Lynx was found following a three week search.Escaped lynx Flaviu, from Dartmoor Zoological Park, was finally captured after killing four lambs on farmland. Flaviu escaped the day after arriving at the zoo from Port Lympne in Kent. Keepers arrived to find that the wildcat – similar in size to a Labrador – had chewed through a board in the wall.last_img

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