He’s back! The rollercoaster ride of Drifter the escape artist saluki

Shelley Ridgeon from Ravenswood pet rescue with Drifter. Picture: Steve Williams.

Shelley Ridgeon from Ravenswood pet rescue with Drifter. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

What a difference 12 hours makes! Drifter the stray saluki, who this morning escaped from his foster kennel, has been tempted back - thanks to food.

Saluki escapes from his emergency kennel

Saluki escapes from his emergency kennel - Credit: Archant

The dog, who caused a social media stir when he ran loose around Wisbech for four weeks before being trapped by rescuers, is making sure he becomes infamous around the Fens by treating his followers to a roller coaster of emotions.

Having been captured last Wednesday he had six nights of getting fed and cuddled and settling into his temporary foster home.

This morning, however, he broke out of a five inch hole he created by pulling at his galvanised steel cage.

After an emergency summit of rescuers they re-baited the trap which he was originally caught in and the plan worked.

The humane trap which caught Drifter the stray saluki

The humane trap which caught Drifter the stray saluki - Credit: Archant


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This afternoon Drifter, who must have guessed food would be waiting inside the cage, happily went inside and once again he is safe off the streets.

Shelley Ridgeon of Ravenswood Pet Rescue said: “He knows he is onto a good thing with the food. What a day.”

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This morning rescuers were devastated - not only that he had broken free but also to think he was terrified to have the adrenalin fear to be strong enough to pull up a steel panel to escape.

She said: “He was learning to trust his carer, he was walking lovely on the lead, he was doing so well, but he obviously doesn’t like being trapped.

“The only time he has shown fear was when a white transit van pulled up to the foster location and he was terrified, other than that he has been very calm with people and showed no signs of distress being in the kennel.”

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