Wild dogs rip apart animals in ‘absolute bloodbath’ after safari compound escape

African wild dogs left a trail of blood and guts when they viciously tore apart 16 sheep and deer following their escape from safari park enclosure.

The beasts broke free of their compound at West Midland Safari Park, in Bewdley, Worcestershire, after it was damaged during Storm Ciara.

Staff said the wild dogs managed to get into the neighbouring enclosure where an “absolute bloodbath” took place.

A spokeswoman for the safari park said the staff was ‘"extremely saddened” by the sudden loss of six Persian fallow deer and 10 Barbary sheep.

An unnamed source told The Sun: “Everybody was absolutely devastated when they discovered the enclosure littered with dead and dying sheep and deep.

“There was blood everywhere, a bloodbath. The dogs had rushed in and caused chaos as soon as they spotted the damaged gate.”

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According to the spokeswoman, the 12 wild dogs entered the neighbouring compound in the early hours of February 9 as the tempest smashed the UK.

The spokeswoman continued: "At no point was there a risk to public safety and there was no danger of any animals escaping the park's perimeter fencing."

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She said the wilds dogs were returned to their compound unharmed.

"The wild dogs entered the neighbouring compound through a gated entrance which had been damaged in the storm which hit Worcestershire earlier that morning," the spokeswoman explained.

She added: "Given their personal attachment to our animals, our staff is extremely saddened by the incident."

Commenting on the impending arrival of Storm Dennis on Saturday, the spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the current weather warnings in place for this weekend and will monitor this closely, making our decisions, as always, in the best interests of our animals and public safety."

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According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the African wild dog is "one of the world's most endangered mammals", with only about 1,400 left in the wild.

Its largest populations remain in southern Africa and the southern part of East Africa.

The predator, which gathers in packs, hunts species such as gazelles and can reach speeds of more than 44mph.

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