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2nd red wolf pup dies at Point Defiance Zoo; third treated for leg injury

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm with 2 Comments »
May 21, 2012 2:57 pm

Two red wolf pups recently born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium have died and a third is being treated for a leg injury.

Five other endangered pups appear to be thriving and are being cared for by their mother Millie, 8, and father Graham, 9, in a den at the Red Wolf Woods exhibit.

The litter – which included four males and four females – was born over a 30-hour period starting on Mother’s Day.

Zoo staff has not determined the genders of the two who died, and said they were the smallest in the litter.

Although red wolf litters can include up to nine pups, the average litter is four, said Will Waddell, the zoo’s red wolf program coordinator.

The pups were the first born on zoo grounds in 29 years.

Zoo biologists have checked on the wolves but are trying to give Millie and Graham space to care for their pups without much interference.

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  1. ptproudnative says:

    awww sooo sweet!!

  2. ithsmay says:

    And then there were six…
    I hope that’s the last of the deaths.

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