The wallaby, which had been seen several times in the village of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, was captured on Friday by the animal caretakers of the zoological park.
Contacted by telephone, the animal manager of the zoological space of Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, Nicolas Guiguet, indicates that he was ultimately one of the animals in the park: “It is a very young female. We recovered it in the garden of a private individual in the lower part of the village. »
The red panda was seen on Saturday morning at the Boulodrome des Forgerons
But since Thursday evening, another animal has taken off: “A red panda left the park, he had to cling to branches to get through the gates. Firefighters were called when he was seen, but he had already left when they arrived. We know that he is in the town and we are looking for him knowing that during the day, there is a good chance that he is at the top of a tree, he is an animal that lives more at night , he can roam within a radius of one kilometer, ”explains the manager.
The animal was seen on Saturday morning at the Boulodrome des Forgerons in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine but probably went further.
Anyone with information on this subject should call the zoo (1): “The animal is surely in a tree and is not dangerous”, specifies Nicolas Guiguet.
“Try to keep the animal in sight until help arrives”
We also contacted Marie-Claude Dubreuil, from the Animal Defense Association (ADA) based in Saint-Chamond, to enlighten us on the attitudes to adopt if we came across an animal that does not generally live in the Loire countryside. .
For her, rule number one is “don’t try to catch it. Whatever the animal, getting too close to it would have no other effect than scaring it away”.
Then, if the encounter with a wallaby or a red panda occurs during the day, the first reflex is to immediately telephone the Espace zoologique de Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, “and the police services if it is at night” .
As far as possible, it is preferable to stay away from the mammal while keeping it in sight “until the arrival of those who could capture it”. Marie-Claude Dubreuil adds: “If he has entered a place like a courtyard, we can always try to ‘lock him up’ to put him in safety while waiting”.
(1) Zoo Saint-Martin-la-Plaine: 04 77 75 18 68