Wolf in an­other’s cloth­ing

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LON­DON: IT was a stun­ning wildlife shot de­scribed as a “fairy­tale” im­age – and lit­tle did the judges know just how ac­cu­rate their as­sess­ment was.

This week this shot of a wolf leap­ing over a gate was stripped of first place in the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion af­ter judges ruled the pic­ture was prob­a­bly faked.

The winning en­try, by Jose Luis Ro­driguez, beat thou­sands to scoop the prize in Oc­to­ber 2009.

But rather than de­pict­ing a wild an­i­mal, crit­ics say the sub­ject is a cap­tive wolf, in breach of the com­pe­ti­tion’s rules.

The wolf was re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to a tame an­i­mal from a zoo near Madrid, while the coun­try­side re­sem­bles the Canada Real Cen­tre Zo­o­log­i­cal Park near the Span­ish cap­i­tal.

The pho­tog­ra­pher, who will miss out on the £10 000 prize cheque, de­nied he used a tame wolf. – Daily Mail

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