Alaska Zoo caring for rescued wolf pups

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by Jessica Gruenling

 ANCHORAGE, Ak--  For the past two days the Alaska Zoo has been caring for five wolf pups rescued from the Funny River fire.

Earlier this week firefighters battling the Funny River blaze were creating a fire break when they came across a small suprise--a den and inside six abandoned wolf pups.

"They watched them for a while to make sure mom wasn't coming back and try and take the cubs out because everyone would have much preferred to see them in the wild, but that wasn't the case and they would have been dead by now if those folks wouldn't have intervened so thanks to them," Patrick Lampi, Executive Director, Alaska Zoo. 

Of the six pups five made it out alive and are now at the Alaska Zoo receiving round the care. 

"They're in our infirmary in a quarantine, not sure how long they're going to be here, they were really severely quilled by a porcupine, out in the wild so on the initial intake they removed quite a few quills and cleaned abscesses  from the quills," Lampi.

But even with the intial cleaning some quialls are stills showing up.

"So we're always on the look out for more quills and giving them full body checks, so that's a real a serious problem because it could be life threatening and quills don't show up on x-rays," Lampi.

Still the two week old babies are making progress.

They are fed every three hours and the amount that they drink doubled between yesterday and today. 

"The longer they're here the stronger they'll get and they'll just progress on their schedule," Lampi.

Where these pups will call home next is still to be determined by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and suitors from all over the country already showing interest. 

"Zoos and sanctuaries all over the  United States who are willing to take them so there are options out there and I think one of the plans is to keep the whole litter of pups together that would be great," Lampi.

When the litter will leave all depends on their health, but in the meantime employees at the Alaska Zoo are more than ejoying their time caring for these furry friends. 

"This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, we don't know if this will ever happen again, this is an awesome opportunity for our staff the interns that are working to take part in caring for these animals and yea of course how could you not enjoy being in there with these adorable little pups," Lampi.

Donations for the wolves can be made on the zoo's website. 

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