Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wolves from a Zoo Killed

All the wolves at a zoo in Scania in the south of Sweden have been killed by the zoo keepers. The reason stated is that the wolves got out of their enclosed yard and started to hunt and kill other animals of the zoo, such as deer and elks. There seem to have been a bit of a power struggle within the wolf pack, which made them more unruly than usually. I cannot see that killing the wolves was the only, nor the best, option. If wolves get out of their enclosed quarters, the fault is not with the wolves, but with the fence. The fence could have been made better. The wolves' instinct to kill prey is not abnormal either, on the contrary, one of the purposes of herbivores is to be food for carnivores.

The authorities must look into this. It is bad zoo keeping.

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