American child killed by wolf-dog hybrid in Alabama

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Wolf-dog hybrids are banned as pets in some US states, but they are legal in Alabama.

A three-month-old baby was mauled to death by his family’s pet wolf-dog hybrid in the US state of Alabama, police said.

The child died Thursday in Chelsea, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries suspected to have been caused by an animal.

The wolf hybrid was euthanized by a veterinarian at the scene, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said.

The city’s mayor called the death “unfortunate and tragic.”

“It has been confirmed that one of our children here in Chelsea was killed by an exotic family pet and was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries,” Mayor Tony Picklesimer said in a statement. He passed away.”

Police said they were called to the child’s home at around 13:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Thursday, after a 911 call was made for an animal attack.

The infant was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the attack.

Police described the animal as a “wolf hybrid” that was kept as a pet by the infant’s family.

He added that they are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to the child’s death.

Mayor Picklesimer told the BBC’s US partner CBS that there were other children inside the house at the time of the incident.

Similar The incident took place in 2018in which an eight-day-old baby in Virginia died after being attacked by his family’s three-year-old wolf hybrid.

According to the International Wolf Center in Minnesota, a wolf-dog hybrid is a domestic dog and wolf pup that was mated.

“These two species are inbred, meaning they can interbreed and produce viable offspring,” the center said on its website.

“In other words, wolves can breed with dogs, and their offspring can reproduce themselves.”

Giselle Narvaez Rivera, wolf curator with the International Wolf Center, said they are often confused with wolf dogs, which are domestic dogs with a more common pedigree.

She added that wolf-dog hybrids are much less common in America than wolf-dogs.

Whether or not they make good pets has been the subject of much controversy.

According to the International Wolf Center, few people are successful in keeping a wolf hybrid as a pet, and the higher the proportion of wolf in an animal, the less likely it is to keep them as a house pet. Is.

Thousands of them are abandoned in America every year because people buy an animal they are not prepared to care for.

Keeping a wolf-dog hybrid as a pet can be difficult because of their complex and unpredictable behavior, Ms. Narvaez said.

“If you’re going to do this there are a lot of things you have to take into account especially if you have children,” Ms Narvaez Rivera told the BBC.

Federal law in the US classifies wolf hybrids as domestic animals, therefore making it legal to keep them as pets.

However, most US states have their own laws governing the breeding and ownership of such animals that sometimes vary by county.

A few states such as Illinois, Michigan and New York have made it illegal to keep wolf hybrids as pets.

It is not illegal to own a wolf hybrid in Alabama, although there are rules surrounding how to keep and keep them in captivity.

In the UK, first-generation wolfdogs – where one parent is a wolf – require a licence, as set out in the Endangered Wild Animals Act of 1976.

However, it is legal to own one as long as it is three generations from the original parent wolf.

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