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Boy, 5, left at safari park after school trip

2015-05-29 16:15:37

Lion imageThe boy had been on a day trip to Blair Drummond

An investigation has been launched into how a five-year-old boy was left behind at a safari park after a school day trip.

Police were called when it was discovered the boy had not returned on the school bus from Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.

The boy, who was on an outing with Pitcorthie Primary and Nursery in Dunfermline, was found by police at the park.

He was then reunited with his family.

Peter McNaughton, head of Fife Council's education and children's services, said: "We are treating this incident extremely seriously and an investigation has been launched.

"As soon as the child was noted as missing immediate action was taken to contact Blair Drummond Safari Park and the Police.

"We have been in contact with the child's parents and communication with the family is ongoing.

"The five year old was found safe and well, still playing in the children's play area, which is in a completely separate area to the animal enclosures."

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Stirling were called to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park at 15:30 on Monday 25 May following reports of a missing child.

"Officers attended however the child was quickly traced and was safely returned to the care of his family."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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