ASHEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Zoo announced that it has welcomed two litters of critically endangered red wolf pups.
In the first litter, the zoo said three pups were born to parents Marsh and Roan.
In the second litter, they said six pups were born to parents Denali and May.
Nine pups were born in total, according to the zoo.
Officials said both litters were born behind the scenes as part of the zoo’s contributions to the American Red Wolf SAFE Program.
They said the red wolf is the most endangered Canid species in the world, living in the wild only in northeastern North Carolina.
The North Carolina Zoo shared a photo of some of the pups during their 24-hour checkup.
During the checkup, officials said the pups were visually checked to ensure they’re healthy and hydrated.
They said each pup was weighed, sexed and identified by its white blaze chest patch.
The zoo’s vet staff will continue to check on the pups every two weeks to make sure they remain healthy, according to the zoo.
Welcome to the world, little pups!