Antelope Escapes From Zoo, Only to Be Captured and Killed

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The BBC reports that the lechwe antelope who escaped from a Devon zoo has been captured and killed.

Paignton Zoo said that he made the escape after fighting broke out between males, which would have made it untenable to reintroduce him to the herd.

While antelopes may sometimes fight one another in their natural habitats, they have the opportunity to seek new territory – something that this antelope was denied in captivity. It’s impossible for these animals – who, in nature, would roam vast distances and run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour – to express their instinctual behaviour when they’re locked up, so it’s hardly surprising that he seized an opportunity to escape.

Animals born in zoos are destined to endure a life of misery, so there was no good option for this antelope. Had he not been euthanised, he would’ve spent the rest of his life behind bars, thousands of miles from where he truly belonged.

Captivity kills the spirit and often the body, and it’s time to stop supporting animal prisons.


  • Cynthia price commented on September 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Surely some leeway could have been made and alternate accomadation given until the animal was accepted back by the herd once more .

  • Helena Lind commented on September 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Shut down zoos- they are inhuman money mills locking up and exploiting sentient beings.

  • Sharon commented on September 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    This is all so sad plz pls let all these animals be free as nature intended. .they are not toys , money making objects, nor are hey there to be used for entertainment. ..or experiments. ….it’s so sad that all of natures beautiful wild life is being. ..DESTROYED BY ..HUMANS. .WAT SCUM ARE WE.!!! ..NO ONE OWNES THIS WORLD. .GET THAT IN UR FUCKIN HEADS …LEAVE THEM BE FREE..!!!!

  • Patricia Evans commented on September 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Zoo clearly should manage their herds and the males differently then .

    Paignton zoo says we should release the inner beast In us by visitng them .. Or some such slogan .
    No thanks
    And not for my grandchildren either .
    Do it differently zoo .

  • Jenny Rae commented on September 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Too cruel and soooo unnecessary.

  • JIM CORRIERE commented on October 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Boycott all zoos and live animal exhibits.

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