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This is the gruesome discovery made by nature lovers who found a severed wolf’s head outside the headquarters of a wildlife organisation.
The head was placed on the road in front of a species protection centre for NABU, a German organisation that supports the protection of wolves in the wild.
The head – found in the small town of Leiferde, Lower Saxony state – had apparently been severed at the base of the skull.
Images of the head – reportedly shared online by furious conservationists – show its jaws had been propped open with a stick.
The police have reportedly confirmed that the images of the head – found on Friday, 7th April – are genuine.
It was unclear where the rest of the wolf’s body is and the police have opened an investigation for illegal poaching.
The wolf’s head has now reportedly been sent to the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin for further analysis.
Police hope to find out more about the wolf’s age and how it died.
The investigation is ongoing.
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