A lynx relaxes on the branches of a snow covered tree in the zoo of Langnau. Photo by Andy Mueller REUTERS

LONDON: He has spent three weeks outwitting zoo staff and professional trackers. But escaped Carpathian lynx Flaviu has finally been recaptured after being lured in by his dinner.

Flaviu was eventually caught about a kilometre from the zoo after trackers realised that cats often return to the scene of a kill.

Keepers hope to find him a female mate in his new enclosure.