In a tragic story out of Alabama, a three-month-old baby was mauled to death by his family’s wolf-hybrid pet, an animal with a reputation for aggressive behavior.
Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies who were accompanied by first responders and animal control officers responded to a call about an animal attack on County Road 440 in Chelsea on Thursday around 1 p.m. where they made the terrible discovery of the young boy who had been gravely injured by the dangerous pet.
The infant was transported to Grandview Medical Center where he would later die from his wounds. The wolf-hybrid was euthanized at the scene by a veterinarian who put the animal down at the request of law enforcement.
According to a report from Birmingham Fox News affiliate WBRC, the animal picked up the newborn off the floor and began playing with him, the young child’s parents attempted to get the boy away from the wolf-hybrid but it was already too late.
Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer said that it would be a day that he’ll never forget.
“It’s just unthinkable that this could happen to this baby. If you choose to own an exotic pet, what comes with that is additional responsibility to be sure that not only your family is safe, but your neighbors are safe,” he said, noting that it’s not illegal to own a wolf-hybrid in the state of Alabama.
“Alabama is one of four states in the United States that does not have a code against exotic animals. Once they get a taste, nature takes over and it’s just very sad,” the mayor added.
“It’s been confirmed that one of our children here in Chelsea was killed by an exotic family pet and succumbed to its injuries yesterday afternoon after being taken to the hospital by Chelsea Fire & Rescue. We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate and tragic event and lift up the family and all those affected with our deepest prayers and thoughts,” Picklesimer said in a statement.
According to reports, there were other children in the home at the time of the mauling who were fortunately not injured.
A wolf-hybrid is the product of the mating of a wolf and a domestic dog but can be unpredictable. The International Wolf Center warns of the potential dangers of bringing the potentially aggressive animal into a family home.
“People who own hybrids often find that their pet’s behavior makes it a challenge to care for. The diversity of genetic composition even within one litter of hybrid pups leads to a wide range of appearances and behavior patterns among all hybrids, thus making their behavior inconsistent and more difficult to predict,” the organization says on its website.
“Despite their shared ancestry and ability to interbreed, these two species are very different. Wolves are wild animals, and they are shaped by evolutionary pressures that allow them to find food, keep themselves safe, and produce offspring. The genetics that they express in the environments that they live in allow them to survive, without the help of humans,” the International Wolf Center states.
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