I am sure all you want to see are pup pictures so here they are. Hard to be cuter than 4-5 week old pups!
Four group shots of the pups below, after which, read on if you want.
All pups are in good body condition and have gained a good percentage of weight. This pup check was just about two weeks since our last hands-on check. We only need to handle every 1-2 weeks, depending on the vaccine and deworming schedule. Today was round 2 of 5 of deworming. Each pup was weighed on two different scales. As the pups have grown we have to move from our smaller scale to a large one. During this transition, we weigh on both scales to make sure the weights on both are comparable (which they were). You can see the small-scale and the larger one in the photo below, along with our pictures for identification, check sheets for writing down information, and tool boxes with our medicines, gloves, and other items we may possibly need.Any guesses why we need a calculator?
Each pup was also given a quick check of its overall body condition. Everything looked pretty good – ears were clean, feet/pads were in good shape, no ticks or fleas, and all the pups pooped (might not seem good to you but that’s what we want to happen).
It’s easy for us to tell the two males apart since #3 has the ear tip missing. The two females are a little harder. The pups will each be getting a microchip sometime 2-3 months of age.
Pups have been seen out and about a couple of times each day. Ranger Greg got some great photos from May 27– check out his blog post, here, or come and by the wolf exhibit and wait patiently for a once of a lifetime experience!