Firefighters rescue wolf pups

Medics Eric Zucker and Alicia Renfer rehydrate and remove porcupine quills from a wolf pup

Medics Eric Zucker and Alicia Renfer rehydrate and remove porcupine quills from a wolf pup. KNWR photo by Stephen Miller.

From LiveScience:

Firefighters rescued five wolf pups from an abandoned den Tuesday (March 27) as they battled the massive Funny River Fire in southern Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The pups had not been hurt by the blaze, according to a Facebook post by firefighters with the Kenai Wildlife National Refuge, who discovered the den.

Medics with the fire crew fed the fuzzy brown puppies glucose (sugar water) and plucked porcupine quills from their skin. In reward, they got some excited licks from the tiny pups. With help from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the litter was taken to Anchorage, where they await a permanent home.

The pups are being treated and housed at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, where they are on antibiotics for the porcupine quill wounds. Since the pups have been handled by humans, they might not be candidates for release back into the wild.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge firefighter Brian Nichols with wolf pup

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge firefighter Brian Nichols with wolf pup. KNWR photo.

Our primary coverage of the Funny River fire is HERE.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

One thought on “Firefighters rescue wolf pups

  1. How sweet you are to save these pups. My son is a firefighter in CO, he and his wife are very active with the firefighters in their area. My family, and many friends honor all of you that risk your lives to make our world a better place to live. Alaska is beautiful as we were fortunate to visit back in 2004. Many blessings go your way – Barb

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