On Friday 21st July, a 3 year old female wolf went missing within the Cotswold Wildlife Centre. Ember, a young mother of five cubs had climbed up a fence and managed to get out of the perimeter fence, but because she was deemed threatening to visitors and apparently “too far away” for the security team to tranquilise her with a dart, Ember was cruelly shot dead.
Following the incident, the park released a tweet stating the circumstances as well as the grief felt by the whole Cotswold crew.
The “emergency” of the situation led them to make the extreme decision to kill rather than sedate. Was this really necessary? Were there no other way that they could have saved Ember’s life?
According to Cotswold Wildlife Centre, a poorly charged electric fence was to blame as this made Ember’s escape easier for her. So, was this human error the cause of this unfortunate incident – or worse, murder? The blasé decision from the Cotswold Wildlife Centre to destroy an innocent animal was indeed rushed and made without thinking of the consequences. Since the death of Ember, from reading other social media posts about this incident, it would appear that there are a lot of people concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the other 260 animal species at the centre.
Whether Ember posed as a threat or not, the real issue is, had the employees of the Wildlife Centre done their job correctly, we wouldn’t have had a problem to begin with, and Ember’s 5 cubs would still have a mother with them today.
This tragic death of Ember really is unforgivable.