2 red wolf puppies born at North Carolina Zoo die

June 03, 2018 - 2:58 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two of the five red wolf puppies born at the North Carolina Zoo in the wake of severe weather have died.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports zoo officials say the pups, named Hurricane and Typhoon, were euthanized after they received traumatic injuries caused by their father. The zoo said the dad, named Finnick, was relocated to protect the survival of the remaining puppies. Veterinary staff workers are conducting a pathology test to assess the health of the pups at the time of their death.

Zoo officials were relieved when three female and two male puppies were born in April during the weekend when severe thunderstorms and a tornado swept through the Triad.

With the deaths and the father's relocation, the zoo's red wolf pack now totals 21.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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