AN entire pack of wolves were put down at an animal park – leaving visitors stunned.
The tragic circumstances began last week at Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee when alpha male Loki underwent an operation.
While he was away the rest of the pack began displaying “abnormal behaviour”.
Site bosses then revealed yesterday that Loki endured surgical complications and was euthanised – and so were his four family members.
The move sparked an outpouring of grief from saddened members of the public but some were left angry and branded the mass euthanising as “extreme”.
One local has even started a petition demanding an “inquiry” into the move.
A statement posted on Monday on the centre’s Facebook page read: “We are devastated to announce that our alpha male wolf, Loki, has been humanely euthanised today. Despite an initially successful operation, there have been subsequent complications, and the difficult decision was reached to save the animal from further pain.
“The other four wolves in the pack have been exhibiting unusually anxious and abnormal behaviour since the operation, and it is with great sadness that these wolves have also been euthanised as a result.
“This course of action was a last resort, and our team is absolutely heartbroken. We ask you for your kind consideration at this time.”
The park also thanked the public for messages of support and said putting the wolves down was carried out following “expert advice”.
But some people hit out over the decision and demanded more answers from the centre.
Online, one visitor wrote: “I’m so sorry to read this news and my thoughts are with all involved but if you wouldn’t mind could more of an explanation be given into why the 4 others were destroyed?
“This is heartbreaking to read and I can’t help but think the public should be given more information to help with understanding this dreadful news.”
Another said: “I think the wolves should have been given some time before euthanasia for the whole pack. That seems a bit extreme. Can you please explain just anxiety and abnormal behaviour in a more direct way.”
In 2006, a pack of wolves was culled at Highland Wildlife Park by operator Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, after the animals stopped displaying normal behaviour.
There were concerns that the wolves could kill each other because the female did not accept the next male wolf in the pecking order following the death of the original pack leader.
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