Monday, 26 June 2017

Jack’s back (for good)

A RUNAWAY capybara has been recaptured after months “on the run”.

Jack was caught in the grounds of Culham Court, near Aston, after being on the loose since June and is now back home with his owners, Sir and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill, on the other side of the Thames.

The giant rodent had been spotted dozens of times along the river and Henley Standard readers sent in pictures of him apparently enjoying his taste of freedom by swimming, eating apples left out for him and sunbathing, his favourite pastime.

He had evaded capture until he was nabbed by Fawley Hill estate manager Roy Twigger with a fox trap baited with apples, bananas and grapes on the riverside cricket pitch at Culham Court, which is owned by Swiss financier Urs Schwarzenbach.

Jack, who is about 3ft long and weighs around 100kg, is now back in his fenced enclosure with his mate Jill and the tapirs they share it with. Lady McAlpine said: “Jack’s happy to be home again and settled down straight away although his ‘wife’ has been giving him the cold shoulder.

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