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Mexican gray wolf pups offer new hope to critically endangered species

[large thumbnail url=”mexican-gray-wolf-pups-offer-new-hope-to-critically-endangered-species” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”mexican-gray-wolf-pups-offer-new-hope-to-critically-endangered-species” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”07″ day=”01″] The Associated Press and KDSK in St. Louis offer updates on the current status of five puppies which offer hope and optimism for the beleaguered Mexican Wolf recovery program.

ST. LOUIS — They looked just like five well-behaved puppies, barely squirming, when a veterinarian gave them their eight-week inoculations. In reality, experts believe the tiny animals offer hope for a nearly extinct breed of wolf.

The Mexican gray wolf pups — four light gray males and one female — had a coming-out party of sorts Thursday. Members of the media were given a first glimpse of the pups born May 2 at the Endangered Wolf Center in suburban St. Louis.

Volunteer vet Randy Junge, director of animal health at the St. Louis Zoo, vaccinated the pups and injected tracking microchips under their skin. The pups took it in stride with hardly a yelp or a fidget.

“They’re all very healthy,” Junge said. “No surprises.”

Read the entire Associated Press article: Pups offer hope for wolf breed near extinction

From KSDK:

Mexican gray wolf pups in Eureka get check-ups

KSDK — Five Mexican gray wolf pups born at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri are on their way to being released into the wild.

Veterinarians conducted wellness check-ups and gave initial vaccinations to the wolves Thursday morning. They will eventually be released into the wild…

Read the entire article and see a great slideshow on KSDK.com: Mexican gray wolf pups in Eureka get check-ups

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