Bandit breaks back into Drusillas Zoo after three week ‘vacation’ in Alfriston area

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Bandit the racoon, who went missing from Drusillas Park three weeks ago, has found her own way back to the zoo in East Sussex. Clearly life on the other side of the fence was not all it was cracked up to be and Bandit returned of her own accord, in an incredible turn of events that almost beggars belief.

The furry fugitive was discovered back with the family group by zoo keeper Katherine Gibson during the routine evening check.

A quick scan of her microchip confirmed that Bandit had returned; she appears in good health and seems pleased to be reunited with her fellow outlaws.

Bandit absconded from her enclosure on April 26, together with her sister. Turpin was found a week later in the Go Wild! adventure play area by two school girls visiting the Park.

However, despite daily checks by the keepers Bandit remained at large until now.

Head Keeper, Mark Kenward said: “When Katherine first radioed me I couldn’t quite believe it. I dropped everything I was doing to rush to see for myself. It’s been a very distressing time with huge concerns for her welfare; we have been looking for her both day and night to no avail.”

“We’ve always been very proud of the standards we have at the Park and are so pleased she came back on her own as it proves she is happy here. We have made adjustments to the enclosure to prevent a similar situation occurring in the future. Clearly the grass wasn’t greener on the other side.”