The wild needs to remain in the wild, open, free, and at liberty to hunt their prey. Petting ravenous wild animals is against the law, and strict actions must be taken by authorities to ensure that families do not pet these creatures at home, especially around infants.
People reported a heartbreaking incident via the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s statement: an infant in Alabama was attacked by a hybrid wolf, which was kept by the family as a pet. Authorities report that the incident took place on Thursday, after which the child was taken to the hospital immediately, where it succumbed to the injuries sustained from the attack.
People reported the incident via an announcement from the Sheriff’s office that the wolf hybrid was euthanized by a veterinarian and taken to the Alabama State Diagnostics Laboratory in Auburn for further investigation. As reported by the police via People, no charges have been pressed yet, but the circumstances that occurred due to the tragic incident are currently under investigation.
According to People, the Chelsea, Ala. Mayor Tony Picklesimer said in a statement, “It’s been confirmed that one of our children here in Chelsea was killed by an exotic family pet and succumbed to their injuries yesterday afternoon after being taken to the hospital by Chelsea Fire & Rescue,” adding, “We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate and tragic event. We lift up the family and all those affected with our deepest prayers and thoughts. No further details are available at this time.”
CBS 42 reported via People that Picklesimer stated that other children were also home at the time of the animal attack.