Red wolf pups debut at Point Defiance Zoo

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 8:58 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -- At six-months-old they are finally in touch with their wild side.

Five red wolf pups born at the Point Defiance zoo in May are finally rolling out of the den for a little frolic and adventure.

Visitors got a prolonged and entertaining look the rare pups as they nursed with mom, got groomed by dad and wrestled with each other.

They are fun to watch, but the wolves are part of a very serious program at Point Defiance. In the 1980s, when it was believed the red wolf had gone extinct, all 14 of the captive red wolves in the U.S. were sent to Point Defiance.

The zoo began a captive breeding program and started reintroducing the wolves to the wild. Today, about 100 of the wolves are living life in the wild at a refuge in North Carolina.

You can find out more about the wolves and even help name them but checking out the following website.

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