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Litter of endangered red wolves born on Earth Day, says NC museum that will raise them

Den cam shows birth of rare red wolf pups

Red wolf den camera shows birth of three pups on April 20, 2018 the the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.
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Red wolf den camera shows birth of three pups on April 20, 2018 the the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

Earth Day was the perfect time for a North Carolina museum to announce it will be caring for a group of endangered animals born Monday.

A litter of six red wolf pups was born in the morning, according to a news release from the Museum of Life and Science.

The pups are the latest members of a pack of red wolves to be cared by the Durham museum, joining relatives that have been born in each of the past three years, according to the news release.

“I am so excited. These pups are the future for this imperiled species,” the Museum’s Animal Department Director Sherry Samuels said in the release. “There are fewer than 300 of these animals on the planet.”

Watch and listen as red wolf pups at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. learn to howl from their parents and learning to howl at age 7 weeks.

The pups are in good health and are being cared for in the Explore the Wild exhibit, according to the news release.

The museum said the wolves might not be out in the exhibit for the next two weeks but might be spotted on its den cam.

“Wolf pups get people excited, and it gives us another opportunity to engage with people and have a dialogue about the importance of conservation and about endangered species in our own backyard,” Samuels said in the news release.

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Six red wolf pups were born on Earth Day at the Museum of Life and Science. Museum of Life and Science

Even once they go outside for extended periods, usually after they turn 6 weeks old, they still might be hard to spot because “red wolves are notoriously shy and can be quite reserved around crowds and loud noises,” museum officials said.

In 2018, the mother of this litter “gave birth to three pups, two of which are now fully grown and remain at the museum,” according to the news release.

“It is going to be an amazing spring and summer at our wolf habitat,” Samuels said in the news release. “Watching these new pups grow up and interact with their older brothers and parents will be a once in a lifetime experience.”

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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