Mysterious animal found without legs, feet in Danish forest

A dead animal with its head and hooves removed was discovered in a forest in western Jutland on Monday.

Mysterious animal found without legs, feet in Danish forest
The animal was found in a forest between the towns of Struer and Lemvig. Photo: Morten Stricker/Ritzau Scanpix

The animal was found by a person who was walking in the Klosterheden forest, local newspaper Holstebro Struer Dagbladet reports.

Police were alerted to the discovery at 2:20pm on Monday. The animal was found behind a bench near a parking area in the forest, which is located between the towns of Struer and Lemvig.

The long-haired animal, which was initially thought by the person who found it to be a horse, is an alpaca, a relative of the llama native to South America, police said.

“We do not yet know how it came to be there,” Lilian Jensen of Central and West Jutland Police told Holstebro Struer Dagbladet.

In addition to the missing head and hooves, the animal’s hind legs also had parts removed, which suggests that it may have been killed for its meat before being disposed of in the forest, the newspaper writes.

Jensen told Holstebro Struer Dagbladet that no reports of missing alpaca had been received.

Police also said that the condition of the carcass suggested it had been found within 24 hours of being left at the scene of the discovery.

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Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns

The Paris city council on Wednesday agreed to shut down a live bird market operating in the historic centre close to Notre Dame cathedral, responding to rights activists who called it a cruel and archaic operation.

Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns
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The bird market on Louis Lepine square in the centre of the French capital has long been a fixture in Paris, operating close to the famous flower market.

But Christophe Najdovski, Paris' deputy mayor in charge of animal welfare, said that the market was a centre for bird trafficking in France while conditions for the birds were not acceptable.

“This is why we are committed to changing the regulations to ban the sale of birds and other animals,” he said.

The closure had been urged by activists from the Paris Animals Zoopolis collective who had called the practice of showing the caged birds “cruel and archaic”.

France and Paris have in the last months adopted a series of measures aiming to show they are at the forefront of efforts to protect animal welfare.

The government said in September it planned to “gradually” ban mink farms as well the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and dolphins and orcas in theme parks.

Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, announced last month it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium.