Brother Wolves: 2246 & 2247

I can’t keep calling M2246 and M2247 pups. They haven’t been pups for many many months. However, they were pups born at the Museum on April 20, 2018 and, unlike with the pups born in 2017, are still here almost one year later.
All these pictures of our juveniles are from mid January. The boys are almost full grown with just a little more weight to put on over the next few months. When they were born, 2246 was larger than his brother for over three months. Between their weight, and their body appearance, it was easy to tell the brothers apart. 2247 was smaller, had ears that went sideways instead of up (like and airplane) and had a smaller, darker muzzle.
I love this shot of one of the brothers coming down the cliff.
Now, it’s near impossible to tell the brothers apart. Some people are confident with their identification of the brothers. At times I think I can tell them apart, and sometimes photos look clear to me, but other times not so much. My identifications below are guesses
We’re hoping that they will become big brothers in April, making for the first multi-generational pack of red wolves ever at the Museum, and only one of a handful ever in the captive setting. Want to see photos of the brothers when younger? Click here, here, here, or here.
one of the brothers jumping over the pool. I think it is 2246
maybe 2247 drinking?
branches from a recycled Christmas tree provided interesting activities for the boys.
no way to tell from the backside 🙂
not a clue which one is sniffing here.
I think this is 2247 peeing.

2 responses to Brother Wolves: 2246 & 2247

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    Jill Hofler says:

    Sherry. Why don’t they have names instead of numbers? Will they lift their legs tomorrow when they are older or not?

    • Sherry Samuels
      Sherry Samuels says:

      Great questions Jill.
      At the Museum we use the wolves’ studbook numbers. It allows us to talk with people about studbooks and the importance of this document. As red wolves move around the country, it makes for very easy tracking back as to who they are, where they came from ,and the importance of studbooks.
      As for peeing… we’ll just keep watching them!!

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