Wolf pups settling in at Fort Rickey

Published Aug 18, 2018 at 11:30am

Fort Rickey’s two wolf pups are adjusting to their new home well, say zoo officials.

The pair, who keepers have yet to name, were brought to Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo in July, after the death of the zoo’s last wolf, Ohanzee, in the spring. “We wanted to begin again,” said zoo official Len Cross.

“We found out about a zoo in Rockford, Illinois, trying to place two wolf pups,” Cross said. The Rockford pups were a good fit for Fort Rickey’s habitat, and Cross returned to Rome with both wolves in tow.

Now settled at Fort Rickey for more than a month, the pups are “adjusting very well,” said Cross. “They do better with female keepers,” he added.

Of the two, “one is bigger,” said Cross. “He’s missing the tip of his ear,” he added, explaining that keepers believe the wolf’s mother may have nipped it when biting at the umbilical cord.

The larger pup, says Cross, also “tends to be more gregarious.”

“The smaller one has a lovely personality,” Cross said of the other wolf.

Fort Rickey’s keepers are working to match the wolves with names that fit their personalities, he added. “Typically, the staff works on a list and they all pick the best one,” Cross explained of the naming process.

Though unnamed, the pups are visible to the public and “getting more exposure” daily, said Cross.