Metro Richmond Zoo Is Proud To Announce Birth Of Two Wolf Pups

On 4th of April, two gray Wolf Pups arrived in the Metro Richmond Zoo. Nitka & Voodoo’s first litter and all are males. One of the pups is black in color and the other is brownish-gray. The colors common to Gray wolves are white, gray, brown, black, or even a mixture of two or more.

Nitka needed a safe plase for her babies, so a few weeks prior to give birth, she was digging a den under the roots of a huge tree.In this 3 foot deep den Nitka managed to give birth to her pups and Voodoo did everything to protect his family.

North America is home to the Gray wolves. They can survive in a number of habitats which include: forests, grassland, tundra, woodland, and arid lands.

Gray wolf’s howl can be heard from a distance of seven miles in wooded areas. In addition to this, they mate for a lifetime. The size of a wolf pack varies from 2 to 15. It consists of an alpha male, alpha females, and their pups over the years.

Upon the birth of wolf pups, their eyes are closed, and they are unable to hear. Thus, they require constant supervision initially. They also nurse from 4-5 times a day at this stage.

Nine days after their birth all pup were able to have their checkup. The black pup weighed 3.3 pounds whereas, the brown-gray one was 3.8 pounds and thankfully they were all healthy!

After two weeks the adorable pups opened their eyes which helped them to learn how to walk and stand. Shortly after they were also able to hear.

The beautiful Gray pups are now safe in the zoo and people can go and visit them!




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