On Wednesday, June 8th a Mexican Gray wolf escaped his enclosure at the MN zoo in Apple Valley. Zoo officials opted to shoot the rare animal rather than take the risk of it attacking a member of the public visiting the zoo that day. When I first heard the news I was angry - why not just sedate the animal and then put it back in its enclosure I thought. The wolf was born at the zoo and has had contact with people, wouldn't it have just been as easy to capture it again? You'd think an animal born in captivity would not have to be feared but I am no animal expert. Other zoo animals have attacked.
I visited the zoo this past Sunday with my son, my sister and her family and realized that perhaps the zoo did what they thought was in the publics best interest. I know I'd have a hard time forgiving the zoo if my son or anyone had been injured or killed by the wolf. But it is still sad. Alot of people are upset that they didn't just sedate the animal. Courtesy of My fox twin cities news - here's the explanation for the actions took that day.