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Geronimo the alpaca lives another day as High Court hearing postponed

Geronimo the alpaca lives another day as High Court hearing postponed

More than 130000 people have signed a petition to save the animal

An alpaca who faces being destroyed because the Government says he has bovine TB will live another day after an urgent High Court hearing was adjourned.

Geronimo has twice tested positive for bovine tuberculosis and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ordered his destruction.

His owner Helen Macdonald, who imported him from New Zealand, believes the tests are returning false positives, but has been refused permission to have him tested a third time.

Earlier this month she lost her final appeal to save her beloved pet at the High Court in London and a warrant was signed for his destruction.

Ms Macdonald, who owns a farm at Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, has received an outpouring of support from the public, with more than 130,000 people signing a petition calling on Boris Johnson to halt the killing.

On Tuesday, an urgent application for a temporary injunction to halt the enforcement of the destruction order was considered by Mrs Justice Stacey at the High Court in London.

However, the judge said she would need further information from Ms Macdonald and from Government lawyers before she could make her decision, and said she will resume the hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Content provided by Radio NewsHub. Originally published on 2021-08-17 22:20:00.

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