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Four young horses were mutilated by wolves at a stud farm on the outskirts of Rome. It happened on Wednesday morning. in broad daylight, in the state breeding of the Lipizzaner horse of the Center for Research in Engineering and Agrifood Transformation (Crea) of montelibretti. Here four Lipizzaner foals were attacked and killed by wolves. Crea made it known in a press release.
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Foals mutilated by wolves at the gates of Rome
Farm staff intervened and put two wolf specimens to flight, while a third had already left. A two-month-old foal, Rubina, was mutilated, while three others collapsed from the attack. It is the first time that the Crea dei Cavalli Lipizzani stud has been attacked by predators.
“The proximity of the wolves is worrying”
«Only last Sunday in Lipizza, together with seven other European countries, the inscription, which took place on December 2, 2022, of the “Tradition of breeding the Lipizzaner horse” was celebrated on the UNESCO list of the intangible heritage of humanity – declares Luca Buttazzoni, manager of Crea and Unesco contact person for the Lipizzaner -. Since 1948, the mild climate of the Roman countryside has allowed us to keep horses grazing all year round: for more than 70 years, horses have had a great time, grown healthy and strong, and been able to freely interact with each other. displaying an incredible variety of social behaviour”.
“The proximity of wolves to inhabited structures – writes Crea – is actually a worrying novelty and the hope that regulatory and operational solutions can be found to deal with the new threat”.
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