TROPIQUARIA'S female raccoon Missy, has taken advantage of the recent floods to escape from her cage.

She excavated a large hole overnight and disappeared, despite showing no interest in leaving before This has come as something of a surprise to her partner Rocky, who is still at home and clearly missing her, he has been comfort eating in her absence.

Tropiquaria’s zoological director, Chris Moiser, said: “The sad thing is that we have had raccoons in that enclosure for two years with no trouble whatsoever.

"It is only with the recent flooding that the ground has softened sufficiently for her to dig out.

"We have had a number of problems with the recent flooding and have had to evacuate some animals from outside enclosures, but we really thought that the raccoons were safe.

"Missy will not have any problems in surviving in the English climate but it does worry us that she is out.

"If you see her could you please contact me on 07751-363198 and we will be out for her straight away.

"Do not try and handle her as she may bite, just observe her from a distance.

"If she does enter an outbuilding if possible do lock her in”.

Tropiquaria is currently open on weekends and Mondays from 11.00 am until 4.00pm and can be contacted on 01984 640688.