On May 2nd, 2012, the Trevor Zoo welcomed 6 new wolf pups into the world. Red Wolves are highly endangered with about 400 in existence; and less than 100 in the wild. They are members of the Species Survival Plan or SSP program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help ensure the survival of selected species that are threatened or endangered in the wild. In 1977 there were only 14 pure red wolves capable of breeding in existence. In 1980 they became extinct in the wild but were reintroduced in 1987.
This footage was shot from May 7th, 2012, when the pups were just five days old, through when the wolves were a few months old and ready to leave their den. Shown is the first examination of the wolves after they were born. Very carefully, quietly and quickly all six pups are examined, weighed, and have their paws treated with an antibiotic ointment to help reduce the chance of infection.
All captive born Red wolves are potential release candidates to the wild, so interaction with the pups is kept to the minimum necessary for health checks and vaccinations. Although Luna was a first time mom she was a natural and returned to the pups immediately after their exams.
Video created by Daniel Cohen for our film "Across The Pond".
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