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Wolf pups born in zoo headed to wild

[large thumbnail url=”wolf-pups-born-in-zoo-headed-to-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”wolf-pups-born-in-zoo-headed-to-wild” filename=”science” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] In a bold move, which has succeeded in the past, two endangered red wolf pups are going to be placed with a pair of wild wolves who are nursing some pups of their own.

Six pups were born at Lincoln Park Zoo on April 17, 2010. At just a tender age of two weeks, a pair of the pups are going to start a whole new life – in the wild.

Historically “wild mothers have readily accepted the pups when they are placed in the den when the pups are this young.” This according to Arthur Beyer, field coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This is a gamble well worth taking as a successful reintroduction to the wild will bolster the population of this critically endangered wolf species.

The other four pups will remain with the zoo and will perhaps play a future part in the recovery efforts which their siblings are taking part in at this incredibly young age.

The good news is that giving wild wolves a chance to foster new reintroduced pups has a very high rate of success.

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