A hyena on Monday escaped from the Imo Zoological Garden and Wildlife Park, causing panic among the residents living around the zoo.
According to the General Manager of the park, Mr Francis Abioye, the animal escaped from its cage but was caught 6 hours later by experts at the zoo.
The general manager, who led the operation, said that the animal was recaptured through what he called the “Physical Restricted Method”, NAN reports.
He expressed joy that the incident did not record any casualty.
According to him, the animal dug a big underground hole inside the zoo, which made it possible for it to escape from 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 escape from the premises through a vandalised part of the perimeter fence within the conservative area of the zoo,” Abioye said.
He said the operation was aided by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the facility.
He advised residents of the area to go about their businesses without fear, saying that the situation had been brought under control.