This picture was taken by zoo visitor Rory Davidson shortly before the escape Photo: Rory Davidson

This picture was taken by zoo visitor Rory Davidson shortly before the escape Photo: Rory Davidson

Visitors Enclosed as Bull Runs Free

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, visitors to the Edinburgh Zoo had to take refuge in the cafeteria, gift shop, cafe and even the chimpanzee enclosure when a 600hg Heck cattle bull escaped and roamed free within the zoo confines for 40 minutes.

The bull was an impressive sight with its size and its curved horns that measured three feet.

Film was captured of the incident as zoo keepers secured the area and veterinarians used tranquilizer stun guns to finally subdue the animal, who enjoyed his minutes of runaway freedom.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said keepers had managed to subdue the bull after 40 minutes.

She said: “An adult Heck cattle bull escaped from its enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo for 40 minutes. It stayed within the locality of the enclosure. Edinburgh Zoo visitors were immediately escorted to indoor areas in the zoo.

“Edinburgh Zoo’s trained team of expert keepers and veterinarians safely and effectively darted the animal.

“Staff are establishing the circumstances of the escape, and have secured the area . We regret any inconvenience this caused and our visitor services staff will respond to any queries related to this.”

Caroline Turner, 32, from Port Glasgow, was visiting the zoo along with her husband and four children.

She told the Evening News: “We saw what 
happened. Two bulls were fighting and one rammed the other into the fence and broke it. It was jammed under it. We actually thought that it had been gored by the other one and that it was dead.

“We started walking away back down the hill and saw some staff coming in the other direction. They told us to keep moving and asked if there were many other people still up there. Then we got told to go to the cafe and had to stay there for about an hour.”

Five female and three bull Heck cattle came to the zoo in 2009 from Devon and are normally in a field close to the top of Corstorphine Hill. Half a dozen of those cattle were seen running behind the enclosure after one visitor spotted two bulls fighting.