All Red Wolf Pups at the Museum of Life and Science Reunited With Parents in Habitat Enclosure

Photo by Courtney Cawley

June 20, 2017, 2:30 p.m. update:

All of the Museum's seven-week old red wolf pups who left their habitat enclosure Monday, June 19, have been safely reunited with their parents. At approximately 12 p.m. Tuesday an observation team stationed at the red wolf habitat area saw the remaining female pup along the outside of the enclosure fencing. The pup was successfully recaptured and re-introduced with her family in the habitat enclosure area.

A hands-on health check will be performed later today as a precaution, and at this time the museum's animal care team has visually confirmed that the pup appears to be without injury and in good health. Observation teams will continue to be stationed at the red wolf habitat area to monitor activity throughout the day. At last check all four pups were seen entering a den within the museum's wolf habitat.

On Monday, June 19, three of the Museum of Life and Science's seven-week old red wolf pups left their habitat enclosure. Staff did not see the pups leave the exhibit, however it is believed they may have exited through a small space in the enclosure gate or an enlarged opening in the fence. The puppies' departure was discovered Monday morning during a routine vet inspection.

The red wolf pups did not pose any danger to the general public. Red wolves are notoriously shy and will largely avoid crowds, loud noises and human contact. As the animal care team worked to reunite the pups with their parents, a large portion of the museum's outdoor campus including the Dinosaur Trail, Explore the Wild, and Catch the Wind exhibit areas were closed. The Ellerbe Creek Railway was also closed.

In addition to offering extra food and water where the pups were spotted, humane traps specially designed for live capture were also placed onsite. To learn more visit

Source: Museum of Life and Science


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