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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Officials at Yellowstone National Park said Monday that they had to euthanize a baby calf because it was rejected by its herd.

Last week, tourists loaded it into their SUV at the national park because they were concerned for its welfare. The newborn calf was taken to a park facility by the tourists, but rangers weren’t able to reunite it with its herd. The animal was later euthanized because it kept approaching people and cars along the road.

Rangers ticketed a father and son Monday, according to EastIdahoNews.com.

The pair believed the calf was in danger of freezing to death, a witness told the news website.

“They sincerely thought they were doing a service and helping that calf by trying to save it from the cold,” Rob Heusevelet told EastIdahoNews.com. Heusevelet spotted the pair while visiting the park with his child, who was on a field trip with a group of fifth-graders from Idaho.

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