The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina welcomed a litter of Red Wolf puppies Saturday, according to an Instagram post. At the time of the post, they were not yet sure how many puppies were in the litter but any number is certainly great news. There are fewer than 300 red wolves alive today and the museum staff is thrilled to welcome the new additions to the critically-endangered population.
While all wolves will remain in their Explore the Wild habitat, the pups and mother will likely spend a majority of their time in either the provided den or one of the dens dug by the female.
“The first 30 days are a particularly critical time and we will continue regular monitoring. Pups typically begin to open their eyes 10-14 days after they are born but won’t spend much time out of the den until early June.” the post reads.
“Take your time and visit regularly. Pups will become more active over the course of the summer,” said Animal Department Director Sherry Samuels. “Look for museum staff at the wolf habitat throughout the summer to answer questions and keep you updated on the latest development changes.”