SULTAN, Wash. — An animal rights group’s plan to free 10,000 mink from a farm turned deadly after many of the emancipated mustelids became cannibals while others went on a carnivorous feeding frenzy.
About 9,000 of the freed mink have been returned to Roesler Brothers Fur Farm since the Aug. 25 break-in, but keeping them alive has been a challenge.
Normally, only siblings are caged together, but workers cannot readily determine which of the recaptured mink are related, said Kate Roesler.
“The mink are fine when they’re litter mates together, but when they’re not they’re quite vicious and they’re cannibals,” Roesler said. “They do eat each other, and that’s what we’re battling.”