This is not a happy story. A puledro is a young horse and in this case, there were two. There was also more than one wolf. Our neighbour, a part-time journalist, told us of a wolf attack a couple of nights ago on two horses. He sent me some photographs for me to understand the devastation of a wolf attack. I didn’t think I needed photographic evidence. I thought I had an understanding of just what this might be but these were no David Attenborough-type censored shots. The pictures were horrifying and disturbing and certainly not something to post here or publish in the newspaper. I can’t imagine how the owner must have felt on finding the remains.
Despite this attack being in a village closer to the mountains than ours, our neighbour warned us that ‘the wolves are closer than you think.’ We actually already know this and have previously mentioned an attack on the outskirts of our village, not forgetting that on our builder’s goats and dog two years ago. Last year, our woodsman, who lives less than 10 minutes away by foot, had 9 sheep killed by wolves. Also, on opening the door one winter’s night to let the cat out, M and I heard them howling in the woods opposite (the woods just across the river, the river that we walked to only yesterday……)