Five wolf cubs were rescued from the Kenai wildfire Tuesday. Firefighters on the edge of the fire, near Anchorage, Alaska, heard yipping. They called wildlife officials. When they arrived, one baby wolf, very dehydrated, walked out of a den at the river's edge.
Baby with Alaska Zookeeper Jim Rutkowski
He looks just like Pup - same Attitude!
Five live cubs were extracted from the den, all dehydrated and with porcupine quills. A sixth pup was already dead, its face covered with quills. Officials think a porcupine wandered into the den to escape the fire. There was no sign of the parents, and as the pups were in distress, they were removed for veterinary care and placed temporarily at the Alaska Zoo.
As they have been handled by humans, they cannot be returned to the wild. The zoo already has a wolf pack, so a good home is being sought for the babies, who are all recovering well. I would take one in a heartbeat, if I could.
photos and information taken from the Anchorage Daily News