At 8 weeks-old an orphaned Gray wolf pup has quite a tale to tell about his experiences in life. Rescued by vacationers who found him wandering along the side of a road in central Idaho, the wolf is now being raised by a German short-haired pointer after being flown to a new home at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
Nicknamed “Boise,” the orphaned wolf pup was rescued by a group of campers near the resort town of Ketchum, Idaho when they mistakenly believed he was a lost puppy. The vacationers contacted a local veterinarian who, in turn, called Idaho Fish and Game. Boise was then sent to a local zoo that took care of him until a DNA test confirmed he was Gray wolf.
Idaho Fish and Game made several attempts to find the pup’s pack, but when that failed they began searching for a permanent home for him.
Together with Zoo Boise, Fish and Game officials chose Busch Gardens Williamsburg as the young wolf’s new home. The theme park is home to 10 wolves, including two 6-week-old pups they recently acquired from a private breeder.
”Because of our 12-year experience with wolves and the fact that we already had two wolf pups at the park played a major role in the decision by Idaho state officials to choose Busch Gardens for the pup’s new home,” said Jay Tacey, zoological manager for Busch Gardens.
Tacey said Boise immediately took to his new pack, which consists of the two 6-week old pups and a German short-haired pointer named Mia who is serving as their surrogate mother.
“The young pack mates are getting along and adjusting very well,” Tacey said. “They are playing and discovering their new home.”
Boise was flown into Williamsburg International Airport in late June, where he was met by the park’s team of wolf experts.
Boise and the two yet-to-be-named pups will eventually be introduced to one of Busch Gardens’ three wolf packs. For now, Mia has taken the role of pack leader, teaching the pups about wolf pack hierarchy.
“Boise has been given a second chance at life thanks to the leadership and support of Idaho Fish and Game, Zoo Boise and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,” said Tracey.
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