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Geronimo the alpaca will be slaughtered after owner loses High Court bid to save him

Written by on 18/08/2021

An alpaca called Geronimo, which twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, will have to be slaughtered, the High Court has ruled.

The animal’s owner had been appealing to save him, believing the tests were returning false positives.

Helen Macdonald has been refused permission to have the animal tested a third time – but the court concluded there was “no prospect” of success in her bid to overturn an earlier ruling.

Geronimo the alpaca
Image: Owner Helen Macdonald has lost her legal bid to save him

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says she will not have to destroy Geronimo today.

Ms Macdonald lost her final appeal at the High Court earlier this month and a warrant was issued for the alpaca to be euthanised.

More than 130,000 people have signed a petition calling on the prime minister to intervene.

 Sky News

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