Two Eurasian lynx were kept in a Yorkshire shed with only a wooden clothes peg to stop them breaking loose.
The unlicensed dangerous wild were removed in October 2000 from their frail enclosure, in a joint operation between the RSPCA and the police.
Had they escaped the lynx could have caused serious injury to anyone approaching them. Local sheep and wildlife could have also fallen prey to the predators, which are believed to have been imported illegally to the UK.
A member of the public alerted the RSPCA to their presence and the society then contacted the police.
One of the lynx died some time after the raid, but the other was removed to a secure place.
BBC News, 30 th January 2002
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