Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A 10-year-old boy has had his arm severely mauled after trying to stroke a wolf at a Mexican zoo.
The incident took place at the Zoologico Parque del Pueblo in the city of Nezahualcoyotl in the Mexican state of Mexico at around 3.30pm on 6th May.
According to the Nezahualcoyotl Municipal Government, the boy was accompanied by a family member when he crossed the safety rail and approached the wolf’s enclosure.
He reportedly extended his arm through the protective mesh and called the animal over to try to stroke it, however, the wolf attacked the young lad and seriously injured his arm.
The state government said in a statement: “Unfortunately, the wolf attacked the minor and wounded one of his arms so emergency protocols were activated and he was initially transferred to the Hospital de la Perla.”
The youngster was taken to the La Perla Nezahualcoyotl General Hospital by ambulance but had to be transferred to the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de Zumpango in the city of Zumpango by air due to the severity of his injuries.
After the wolf attack, municipal president Adolfo Cerqueda called an urgent meeting with government officials and members of the State Commission for Natural Parks and Fauna (CEPANAF) to discuss the incident.
The local authorities are also providing support to the boy and his family during this difficult time.
There have been no further updates on the boy’s current condition. The investigation continues.