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Mahlandt v. Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, Inc
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Mr. Poos, an employee of the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center (the “Center”), kept a wolf that had been entrusted to the Center by the Children’s Zoo in his backyard. Mr. Poos kept the wolf there because he brought the wolf on numerous trips he took to area schools for the Center. One day, Daniel, a 4 year old boy, was sent by his mother to get his older brother at a neighbor’s house. While she was not watching, he got into the enclosure in which Sophie the wolf was kept. A neighbor saw the boy lying on the ground, and the wolf’s head near his, but could not see what the wolf was doing. The wolf then started wailing. Mr. Poos son then arrived and brought the child inside and an ambulance was called. Mr. Poos then went to the Center and left a note for his superior indicating that Sophie had bit a child and that he needed to talk to him. Later that day, Mr. Poos did see his superior and told him that Sophie bit a child. The same statement later appeared in the C enter’s Board of Director’s meeting minutes. Defendant appeals the admissibility of the three pieces of evidence.
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