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If we’re gonna have pups, it’s gonna be soon

April 2nd, 2011
It’s whelping season for red wolves. Now is the time that pups would be born. We’re not sure if our female wolf is pregnant. Some are positive she isn’t, others are positive she is, all of us hope she has puppies. If pups are to be born, any day now through April 20 would be the most likely.
Take a look at the following photos that Ranger Greg took of the female wolf. See if you can notice any “belly” changes. Weigh in with your thoughts

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  1. If she has pups, will they remain with the pack like in the wild?

    Posted by Melissa Gonzalez
  2. Director Comment :

    If she has pups they will stay with her UNLESS some are fostered to a wild mother.
    Read Marilyn’s post (link below) to learn about fostering:
    http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/02/23/the-trials-tribulations-and-benefits-of-red-wolf-fostering/

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  3. Hard to tell–maybe she’s a little bigger? Could the special diet she is on be bulking her up some?

    Posted by Leslie
  4. She looks like a mom-to=be to me

    Posted by Wendy
  5. I’d give her another two weeks, then we’ll all be aunts and uncles.

    Posted by Wendy
  6. Why is there no other way to tell other than to wait and see?

    Posted by Beck
  7. Director Comment :

    The wolf is on the same diet she was at her last home. She’s always been a bit of a chunk- short and stocky.
    As far as telling for sure if she is pregnant, there are ways, but they all require hands on which is too stressful or hormone monitoring which is expensive and time consuming. She’ll pull out her own belly hair, which exposes her teets, typically a couple days before brith.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  8. There’s totally pups in there.

    Posted by Molly S
  9. She definitely looks thicker around the middle.

    Posted by Åsa
  10. Hello, My second grade class from Wakelon Elementary is coming to the museum on Thursday. We are so very excited and are eager to know if the red wolf pups have been born. Do you have any tips for us on where to look for her? Thank you so much!

    Posted by Laura Smith
  11. Director Comment :

    Hi Laura,
    The female usually hangs out up on the cliff, towards the right side of the exhibit. Look for her there, and be patient and quiet.
    No pups yet…

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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