A CAT is lucky to be alive after running away from fireworks and into the wolves’ enclosure of a West Lothian zoo.
Startled keepers noticed both their female wolves circling a tree inside the enclosure and spotted the frightened feline hiding in the branches.
Staff managed to move the wolves into a separate area of the enclosure and then coaxed the cat to safety.
The identity of the cat may never be known as it immediately dashed out of the zoo.
Five Sisters shared the image on their official Facebook page yesterday.
The wolves, Luna and Aria, have been at the zoo since 2014. They arrived from Sosto Zoo in Hungary after being bullied out of their tribe.
Lesley Coupar, head of marketing and visitor services at the zoo, said: “The wolves were very excited about this tree, so after further inspection we noticed a little black and white cat up there.
“The arctic wolves enclosure is split into two area so we managed to shut them in one side while we tried to coax the cat out. It finally ran out and was safe and unharmed.”
Ms Coupar added: “There’s an electric fence around the enclosure and this is the first time that’s happened, so we think it’s come in from houses nearby, ran through the playpark and up a tree there and then jumped across to that tree in the enclosure.
“It was on Sunday too and there had been fireworks over the weekend, so we think it maybe got a fright and ran into the zoo – talk about jumping into the frying pan and into the fire.”