Credit: People’s Park Zoo
The boy suffered a partial amputation of his right arm after violating several security protocols and bypassing safety fences outside the animal’s cage, trying to summon and pet a Mexican gray wolf in his enclosure. The animal apparently reacted and attacked the minor, causing significant injuries to his arm.
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According to the town authorities, the accident occurred around 3:30 pm on May 6, and paramedics quickly transported the minor to La Perla General Hospital. However, due to the severity of the injuries, it was necessary to take him to Zumbango Regional Hospital by air transport.
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After the attack, the mayor of Nezahualcoyotl, Adolfo Cerqueda, called an emergency meeting with the Federal Committee for Animals and Natural Parks and various state and town government agencies in order to assess appropriate actions to be taken after the incident.
The zoo remained closed for 48 hours after the incident to allow corresponding investigations to take place, with police officers guarding its locked gates. Since the zoo is usually closed on Mondays for maintenance tasks, guests won’t be able to visit the park until Tuesday, May 10.
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The zoo first opened its doors in the 1970s and had no recent public records of an accident of this magnitude. Spread over an area of hectares, this nature park is home to around 250 animals of different species, some of which are considered endangered, such as the Mexican gray wolf.
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In 2010, the zoo included two Mexican gray wolf specimens from the Durango Nature Reserve.
At the time, this species was proven to be critically endangered because there were only 220 specimens remaining worldwide, of which 120 specimens are in captivity.
The authorities responsible for recovery programs for this species have agreed to send two specimens to the Nizahual Coyote Zoo after the zoo was deemed to have complied with the regulations necessary to conserve, care for and display the endangered species.
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