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Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by La Striata » Mon May 12, 2014 1:48 am

Don't worry, she survived, but the zoo is now claiming that she "snuck up" on the wolf. Well, watch the footage and you decide.

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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by Neamara » Mon May 12, 2014 10:05 am

That's how they justify it? "Sneaking up"? Clearly it's a lack of care/attention on the zoo volunteer's part - needless to say, there is a world of difference between wolves and their domesticated counterpart, the dog. Isn't it dangerous to walk a wolf for this very reason? It just seems irresponsible. It's really fortunate that the toddler's injuries weren't severe, but I'd imagine that it could have been much more serious had the animal have been older.

In any case, thanks for sharing La Striata. It's disbelieving that such a thing could happen in a seemingly controlled environment of all places. :/
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by La Striata » Mon May 12, 2014 10:54 am

My own take is this: Would they have had a leopard or tiger walking around on a leash in public? If not, then why are wolves exempt?
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by Chumpkins_ » Mon May 12, 2014 7:06 pm

It looks to me there trying to avoid being sued. I agree with the question, La Striata, and thanks for posting!
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by La Striata » Tue May 13, 2014 1:27 am

SilverFang2014 wrote:It looks to me there trying to avoid being sued. I agree with the question, La Striata, and thanks for posting!
I agree. In any case, this is one of the reasons why I don't agree with "ambassador wolves". Do tiger or gorilla conservationists feel the need to parade their icon animals in clasrooms or in public? No, because first of all, they don't need to, and secondly, because they know it's simply stupid and dangerous. Honestly, I hate to say this, but wolf conservationists are among the most irresponsible animal advocates I've ever seen. Remember Steve Irwin, the "crocodile hunter", or Keven Richardson, the "lion man"? Did they ever use their positions of influence to claim that their animals were just misunderstood and perfectly safe to have walking around in public? Of course not.

If you want to teach children/laymen about respecting wolves, showing them that wolves can be kept on a leash is not the way to do it.
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by alethe » Tue May 13, 2014 5:27 am

Last time I checked, in Texas wolves aren't even marked as dangerous, so keeping them as pets or in zoos aren't even regulated. Its very sad, really, when they're wild animals and shouldn't be treated differently.

I actually went to a wolf center with "ambassador wolves," and I thought they did a better job of this. We got to go inside the enclosure, so the wolves weren't forced to be around us. While I still don't agree with letting humans inside with the wolves, but its better and less stressful then a leash.


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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by TheImmortalWolf » Sun May 18, 2014 9:12 pm

the toddler probobly had a scent that was threatening to the wolf which is why it attacked
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by alethe » Sun May 18, 2014 9:16 pm

At this point, who cares why the wolf attacked? The real question is why the keepers had it out in the first place around children and other stressful situations. Animals like this are dangerous, and you have to be careful with them.


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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by TheImmortalWolf » Sun May 18, 2014 9:23 pm

the reason of the attack is also important i mean wolfs just dont attack for no reason
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by alethe » Sun May 18, 2014 9:26 pm

I think the attack was, like you said, instinct. But not from fear, I think it was prey drive here. Even if the wolf has never hunted before or even seen an elk, it is still wild, and thus still has a prey drive. The wolf probably saw the child as something to hunt, and took the chance.


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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by TheImmortalWolf » Sun May 18, 2014 9:32 pm

so the stupid idiot zoo keepers need to keep kids away from the wolfs they cant help it
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by alethe » Sun May 18, 2014 9:35 pm

Exactly! And as La Striata said earlier, why do they only do this with wolves? They're not pets, just like lions and tigers aren't either. They shouldn't be out around children on leashes.


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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by valkea » Sun May 18, 2014 9:36 pm

..They shouldn't be around humans in general, honestly. Not just children. At least this girl survived, but a wolf attack could very easily get deadly.
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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by alethe » Sun May 18, 2014 9:39 pm

True as well. Though it does seem logical (if the animal is kept in captivity for whatever reason) to only have adults who know what they're doing handle it. That should be common knowledge.


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Re: Zoo wolf attack on toddler caught on camera

Post by TheImmortalWolf » Sun May 18, 2014 9:47 pm

the zoo keepers think the wolfs are tame or something no you idiots there wild
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