Geronimo, the alpaca at the centre of a legal and ethical battle, has been killed.
The animal had twice tested positive for tuberculosis, and so the government’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) had ordered his culling to avoid transmission to other animals.
Owner Helen Macdonald has been battling for years for the animal to be spared, arguing the tests had been flawed.
However, the culling was carried out today, August 31, after Geronimo was taken from his farm in Wickwar, near Yate on the outskirts of Bristol.
Ms Macdonald was not present when Geronimo was removed from her farm but spoke to reporters there shortly afterwards.
“I am absolutely devastated to report that Defra have taken Geronimo away by force this morning,” she said.
“The Government have refused to engage in good faith. We now know they have been stringing us along for the last week, fobbing us off by saying that people were on holiday and would get back to us this week.
“Now we know that they not only ignoring our consistent pleas for constructive dialogue, but had no intention of engaging with us.”
Below are the photos that tell the story of the day, from the arrival of the police to his eventual extraction.