Here’s the final post about our Wolf Transfer Day.
Like with all the other parts of the of the day, we did lots of prep and planning to make sure our actual hands-on work with the wolves went as smooth as possible.
Physical sheets, sample bags, blood tubes, vaccinations, emergency drugs, cool down materials, towels, and more, were all readied ahead of time. A verbal review of our plan also took place- several times. We already talked a lot about crates, and with them weighed ahead of time, we were ready to have the appropriate amount of drugs/medicines available for each wolf.
We brought in additional veterinary personnel as well: another Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician joined our team to help us work rapidly, safely, and efficiently.
We had an idea of which wolf was in which crate. The parents, Moose and Cary, are physically distinct, and we assumed the two other heaviest crates were the brothers, Eno and Ellerbe, born in 2018. With the above in mind, we started out with the physicals on the 6 pups born in 2019 first. Check out the post on how we got the wolves out of the crate and on to the table before reading on.
As each wolf was taken out of its crate, we used the microchip reader to confirm which wolf was which. That’s when Katy pulls the specific physical sheet for the wolf and we start the timer.
Our goal for each wolf is 10 minutes or less on the table. We cover the wolf’s eyes, which helps to limit stimulation. We divide and concur the tasks.
In this final picture, you’ll notice some blue dye being wiped on to the wolf. We did this to help Mill Mountain Zoo staff learn which wold was which.
All 10 wolves got checked out. Vaccines given. Dyed splotches on the “pups” completed. It couldn’t have gone much better, thanks to the 20+ people who helped ensure it went that way.
I’m not sure we’ll ever have to do 10 wolf physicals in one day again, but I know we’ll be ready if we have to.