panda which escaped from a wildlife park in the south of Scotland more than
18 months ago has died after being found injured at a roadside. Mother and
cub, Pichu and Isla, went missing from the Galloway Wildlife Park in Kirkcudbright
in February 2008. The
adult panda was found safe and well more than two months later. The
cub was discovered on Thursday with head injuries by the side of the road
between Kippford and Dalbeattie and later died from her injuries.
sparked a police search when they went missing from the south west Scotland
park last year. Despite being native to China, India and Nepal , park owners
were confident the animals could survive in the wild in south west Scotland.
was eventually traced sitting on a branch in nearby farmland. Her cub survived
for more than 18 months in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside before
being badly injured. Park owner John Denerley confirmed Isla had died after
being taking to a vet for treatment. "Amazingly,
Isla survived in the wild for such a long period and was in good condition
since she escaped in February 2008," he said.
are devastatingly upset over her death." However, he added that two
twin red pandas, born at the wildlife centre earlier this year, were progressing