Two Mexican Gray Wolf puppies from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo joined a wild wolf pack in Arizona last week.
The two pups, named Brooke and Blaze, were placed directly in a wild litter — a move made easier because wolves typically leave their den when people approach.
Because Mama Wolf can’t count, The Brookfield Zoo’s Joan Daniels says it’s a simple case of helping the new puppies blend in.
“They collect feces and urine from the puppies and then make everyone smell the same” says Daniels.
Daniels says the careful introduction of pups like Blaze and Brooke will help bolster the Mexican Gray Wolf population. There are currently only 97 of these wolves in the wild.