Things went great Monday getting our red wolf family caught up, checked out, and transferred to NY.
The catch-up was similar to our September catch-up. (Everyone wore gray for this catch… last catch we wore more blue). We learned a lot in September and made appropriate changes in the plan. We added bodies in our wall; had extra people blocking weak spots, and used windscreen instead of tarps for easier manipulation. Numerous meetings and discussions and equipment checks took place ahead of time. All our prep work paid off as we had every single wolf in a crate 31 minutes after entering the exhibit.
We did our final health checks in the building as it was easier to be close to all our equipment and regular work areas. The two adults needed their annual physical (vaccines, rabies, blood-work, etc.) and we wanted to check out everyone before departure.
The weights, as usual for me, were of great interest. As usual, pup #3 was the largest at 25 Kg and pup # 2 was the smallest at 17 Kg. She is still about 30% smaller than him and always has been.The other two pups were similar, as usual, to each other at 22.05 kg and 21.75 kg.
We did not sedate any of the wolves. We quickly got them from the crate, put a muzzle on, and covered their head for sensory deprivation. Our goal was 10 minutes or less on the table for each wolf… and we were pretty successful.
In addition to the routine items of a physical, we collected samples for several research studies. A team from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine was on grounds to help out and do eye exams on all the wolves for a research project on Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).
Blood samples were sent off for banking in Arkansas; mouth swabs went to Raleigh for a genetic study; fecal samples were sent to DC for Irritable Bowel Disease research; and the team from NCSU took blood samples along with their eye checks for their work.
We were done and on the road close to 11:00 AM, and we were offloading our wolf family to their new home at the Wolf Conservation Center around 9:00 PM. Head to their website as the family can be seen on one of the webcams. The family is doing great in their new home so far and I am sure this will continue.