Elephant escapes in Switzerland

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Swiss police said an elephant that escaped from a circus and wandered through Zurich's banking and commercial district has been recaptured.

Zurich City police spokesman Michael Wirz said officers chased the elephant through the city for an hour until a keeper was able to control the animal and bring it to safety on Sunday.

He added that nobody was hurt and that there were no reports of damage following the escapade.

Niklaus Leuenberger, a spokesman for the Knie circus, said that Sabu the elephant got loose as she was about to be loaded onto a trailer.

He said her stroll through the city included a brief dip in Lake Zurich.

She was seen on Monday, peacefully munching branches in an enclosure in Wettingen, 20 kilometres north of Zurich, where the circus is currently playing.