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Woman attacked by wolf at wildlife park

TT/The Local · 1 Aug 2010, 10:39

Published: 01 Aug 2010 10:39 GMT+02:00

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The one-year-old wolf sank its teeth into the woman’s cardigan before dragging her to the ground and biting her in the arm.

“I was terrified,” the woman told newspaper Aftonbladet.

The woman was treated by the park’s veterinarian after fleeing the wolf enclosure with the rest of the group. She was later taken to hospital.

According to the Norrköping park, the young wolf’s behaviour was a means of seeking contact and was not intended as an expression of aggression.

Visitors to the park are not normally allowed to enter the wolf enclosure.

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15:41 August 1, 2010 by GLO
People have no business in wild animal cages...

The Wolf did nothing wrong ... The manager should be FIRED...FOOLS ABOUND....
16:26 August 1, 2010 by hilt_m
she will have to be closely watched during the next full moon and shot with silver bullets if she shows and wolf like tendencies.
16:47 August 1, 2010 by eZee.se

Been with a couple of women with wolf like tendencies... thats not necessarily a bad thing :)

While I dont really knwo about the silver bullets thing, I do know they were attracted to gold :D
18:33 August 1, 2010 by Twiceshy
Newsflash: wolves are territorial animals. Do not invade their territory.
18:41 August 1, 2010 by mandym
SHe probably tried to pat it as if it's a pet dog - Wolves are some of nature's finest wild animasl and need treating with the respect they deserve.
18:49 August 1, 2010 by Authentica
"the young wolf’s behaviour was a means of seeking contact and was not intended as an expression of aggression."

Were the park officials talking about a dog here? I mean, what sort of "contact" can one have with a wolf?
19:06 August 1, 2010 by Tall swede
The wolves people are able to meet are raised by employees and bottle fed. They are accustomed to humans and usually think that is it pretty nice to have some company for a while. I been there my self 10 years ago. But i hope that everyone who goes in to the wolves are aware of the presence of wild animals. They may be bottle fed, but are far from dogs. You are told by the employees to not wear anything with strings or something that might be tempting to pull and chew on for a wolf.
19:58 August 1, 2010 by Twiceshy
Wolves are actually quite trainable, though they respond more to gestures than to speech (unlike dogs). One can have quite a lot of contact with a wolf.

Obviously that's not for everyone though. Certainly not for any random visitor to a wolf's enclosure.
04:42 August 2, 2010 by warriorwithin
Wild Wild Sweden!!!!
07:11 August 2, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
@hilt-m: I just love your sense of humor. I love all the old Werewolf movies and man and silver bullet didn't hit home. I am a wolf lover, they are territorial animals and run in packs which is their family. They need to be treat with respect and left alone in the wild. Like all animals, if they are confronted by humans in a harmful way they will attack. And where were the park officials.......you don't let stupid humans wander alone in an enclosed area with wolfs. These idiots should be fired.
21:45 August 2, 2010 by wxman
Go figure. Maybe it has something to do with being, I don't know, WILDLIFE!
21:28 August 3, 2010 by grimjoey
These are sosialized wolves, brought up with continous human contact to make them more suitable to have in a zoo. Wolves are naturally afraid of humans and they have a hard time relaxing in a zoo if they are not sosialized to humans. They will also try to hide, so visitors will not get a good look at them (this applies for other animals as well).

Sosializing wolves also has the additional benefit of the zoo being able to bring in groups of people, with interest, to meet them close up and personal. This will also maintain the sosialization, give the wolves activity, and zoo's get an additional source of income when guests pay extra to meet the wolves.

As far as i know they enter only in groups of at least 5 people. And precautions should be made, like putting away things the wolves might be interested in like knitted clothing, wool and putting shoelaces inside the shoes. They will likely be interested in any clothing that they can grab a hold of, just to se if they can take it off.

If this "wolfproofing" is not done, situations like described in this article can occur, and its a shame, both for the harmed person and the wolves. The wolves get a bad reputation (like the don't already have enough), and its an undesirable experience for the wolf.

When I was at Kolmården a couple of years ago one of the people in my group had knitted gloves. 2 seconds after we entered, one wolf stole one of the gloves and burried it. They have a natural gathering behaviour that makes them want to grab and stash anything unusual to them, just in case they might have a need for it (I know some people with the same behaviour).

This year I went to Polarzoo in norway, which also have sosialized wolves, and i must say they did a fantastic job regarding wolfproofing and safety. I learned a lot. I've spent about 5-6 hours total in wolf enclosures like this and I haven't had any bad experience.

On the contrary, it's been a true pleasure to get to study these wonderful animals up close, and getting licked in the face by a couple of wolves, let alone howl with them has been true serenity.

I can recommend anyone a visit. Just learn a bit about wolf behaviour to the point you don't fear them but respect them. And it will be more interesting when you understand some of the body language.
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