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Runaway Fox Back Home At Staten Island Zoo

Helena Will Undergo Full Medical Exam Before She's Put Back On Exhibit
Montana the red fox escaped from the Staten Island Zoo. (credit: Staten Island Zoo)

Montana the red fox escaped from the Staten Island Zoo. (credit: Staten Island Zoo)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The red fox that escaped from the Staten Island Zoo last week is now back at home.

Officials discovered the 10-pound fox, named Helena, had burrowed out of her enclosure last Monday.

The vixen was trapped by zoo employees Sunday night in the Brighton Heights section of the borough.

“With Helena safely at home, the zoo is particularly grateful to the numerous Island residents, especially in the Brighton Heights community for their support, cooperation and calm vigilance in reporting sightings to the zoo,” spokesperson Brian Morris said in a statement. “Thanks to the community and our dedicated staff, Helena is safely back with her zoo family.”

Helena will undergo a full medical exam before she is put back on exhibit.

Zoo officials had originally said the fox’s name was Montana, which is the name of Helena’s twin sister.

Zoo officials originally thought Montana had pulled off the escape, 1010 WINS reported.

Helena and her sister were adopted by the zoo in July after they were found wandering near Yellowstone National Park.

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