Storm Ciara: Pack of wild dogs hunt and kill 16 animals following extreme weather

A PACK of African wild dogs that escaped from West Midlands safari park hunted and killed 16 animals after Storm Ciara left the compound in disarray.

The strong gales and deluges that Storm Ciara brought severely damaged a compound at a safari park in the West Midlands. It ended in 16 dogs killing a range of animals that had been housed in the park.

Staff were left “extremely saddened” by the loss of six deer and 10 sheep last weekend.

A spokeswoman for the part said 12 wild dogs were able to enter a neighbouring compound in the early hours of 9 February as the storm hit the country.

The compound housed Persian fallow deer and Barbary sheep.

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

The pack of dogs killed 16 animals within a safari compound

The pack of dogs killed 16 animals within a safari compound (Image: GETTY)

The African wild dog is native to sub-Saharan Africa

The African wild dog is native to sub-Saharan Africa (Image: GETTY)

“The wild dogs entered the neighbouring compound through a gated entrance which had been damaged in the storm which hit Worcestershire earlier that morning.”

She added: “Given their personal attachment to our animals, our staff are extremely saddened by the incident.”

Though Storm Ciara has only recently ended, Storm Dennis looks set to sweep across the UK on Saturday.

The spokeswoman said the park had already considered the imminent storm.

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The dog's are among the world’s most endangered mammals

The dog's are among the world’s most endangered mammals (Image: GETTY)

She 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.”

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

The 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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The safari park is located in Kidderminster

The safari park is located in Kidderminster (Image: Google Maps )

A pack of African wild dogs hunting

A pack of African wild dogs hunting (Image: GETTY)

It isn’t the only devastation Storm Ciara caused during her surge through the UK.

In Scotland earlier this week, high-flowing flood waters burst through the outside wall of a hotel, leaving the building’s inners exposed.

The Bridge House Guest House in Hawick, Scotland, was taped off by emergency services at around 9.30am as water traveled at speed up a nearby embankment.

Fire crews rushed to the scene after the water smashed into the building and seriously damaged its infrastructure.

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A large section of the guest house was seen crumbling into the murky water below.

In pictures of the hotel, a kitchen and former stairway, lined with painting, can be seen as the side of the house is completely ripped off.

The house was quickly evacuated with no reported injuries.

One eyewitness who was supposed to spend the night at the hotel, was advised that his reservation had been cancelled due to fears over the structure’s safety.

The Bridge House Guest House had its outside wall torn off

The Bridge House Guest House had its outside wall torn off (Image: PA)

A number of the hotel’s guests and staff were seen pouring out onto the streets as fire chiefs worked to evacuate the building before the full devastation unfolded.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "At around 9.30am, police in Hawick were made aware of structural damage to the Bridge House Guest House.

"Officers attended and assisted the fire service at the scene.

"The building has been evacuated and there has been no injuries."

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