Four red wolf pups who slipped out of their habitat enclosure at the Museum of Life and Science on Monday have been safely captured, the museum announced Tuesday.
The museum’s pups possibly escaped their enclosure through a small opening in a fence. Staff members caught three of the four pups early Tuesday morning, and the final female pup was caught around noon.
Staff did not see the pups first leaving the exhibit on Monday, however it is believed they may have exited through a small space in the enclosure gate or an enlarged opening in the fence.
Museum officials are reinforcing the area, and walking the perimeter daily to prevent a similar incident.
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Museum spokeswoman Leslie Pepple said the museum has not had an incident like this before. But she said the animal care team has trained for such situations to make sure the pups stay healthy and safe.
While the pups were out of their enclosure, the staff left food and water on the site. The museum’s observation team spotted the father wolf feeding the pups regurgitated food through the chain-link fence. The pups are still nursing, but the museum said they were healthy when recaptured.
All the pups received health checks before being reintroduced to their habitat. The animal care team noted no injuries or dehydration but they administered fluids as a precaution.