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Wolf famed for escape from Beenham sanctuary dies

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The UK Wolf Conservation Trust (UKWCT) has announced the death of its oldest wolf, Torak.

Torak made national headlines when he escaped from the Beenham sanctuary in 2018.

The 15-year-old wolf died this week of natural causes, outliving companion Mosi by 18 months.

He was born into the care of the Anglian Wolf Society in 2006, coming to Beenham as a cub.


Torak was christened after the main character in Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness book series.

He gained a large local following, and, alongside other wolves at the sanctuary, had a classroom named after him at Beenham Primary School.

However, Torak came into the national spotlight after breaking out of the Trust's facility in January 2018.


During the ensuing pursuit, local schools were put under lockdown, with police and animal specialists called in to help track him down.

Despite the drama, Torak caused no damage, roaming for eight miles before being safely captured.

An obituary posted on the UKWCT's website recalls Torak's escape: "As you may remember he was happily caught by myself and brought safely back. He had his moment of freedom and was relieved to be back with Mosi.

"His escapade with a happy ending demonstrated to the media that despite running through a field of sheep and near people he was no threat to animals or humans resulting in good PR for wolves.

"He was a wonderful ambassador and truly special wolf: he will be much missed - but we have lovely memories."

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