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.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

1 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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