On the 4th of April, the Metro Richmond Zoo announced the arrival of two Gray wolf pups.
The pups ae both male and are the first litter to their parents Nitka and Voodoo.
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.
A few weeks prior to giving birth, the mommy wolf Nitka began digging a den. Creating a safe place for the arrival of her babies. The spot was under the roots of a very large tree.
Nitka eventually gave birth in the 3-foot-deep den that she had dug up. She looks after the nurturing aspect of her pups while Voodoo provides the protection.
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.
Following 9 days after their birth, the pups were ready for their physical checkup. The black pup weighed 3.3 pounds whereas, the brown-gray one was 3.8 pounds.
On reaching the two-week mark, they first opened their eyes. Leading them to learn to stand and walk. After another week they were able to hear as well.
The Gray wolf pups are out of their den and zoo visitors may have a chance to spot them.