Cincinnati Zoo Will Adopt Pack of 10 Painted Dog Pups and Their

first_img A pack of 10 African painted dog pups and their mom are headed to the Cincinnati Zoo, where they will be cared for by the staff and have a lot of room for playtime and skill development.On Friday, the zoo announced that it was adopting seven-year-old mom Akili and her 10 pups (five females and five males) from the Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) in St. Louis, Missouri. The pups and their mom are expected to arrive at the zoo within a few weeks.Dana Burke, team leader of Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa department, assists EWC with the pups’ 3-month physical exams. (Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo)In November 2018, Akili and another female gave birth to a total of 23 pups at the EWC. Both moms didn’t want to share the one male or area with the other female’s litter, so Akili’s pack was selected to move to the Cincinnati Zoo.“There is usually one alpha female in a painted dog pack, and that’s the only one that the alpha male will breed,” Christina Gorsuch, Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals and vice coordinator of the African Painted Dog Species Survival Plan (SSP), said in the press release. “The male had a hard time choosing a favorite female in this case, leaving EWC with too many pups to manage in separate spaces.”Cincinnati Zoo is adopting ten painted dog pups and their mother! The pack, seven-year-old mom Akili and her ten pups (five males and five females), should be here in a few weeks! Read more:— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) April 5, 2019In 2014, the zoo opened its Painted Dog Valley, and since then, two large litters of pups (10 in 2015 and 12 in 2016) have been born there. Its five current residents, which came from the 2016 litter, will move to other zoos once the SSP makes a transfer recommendation. Until then, they’ll receive care at one of the zoo’s off-site properties, so Akili and her 10 pups can be accommodated at Painted Dog Valley.“At five months old, the pups will physically be on their way from toddlers to awkward pre-teens but still full of energy and mischief. Painted Dog Valley will be the perfect playground for them to learn all the important dog social skills from their mother while still having plenty of time to stalk, chase, and take down their siblings,” Gorsuch added. “Keep your fingers crossed for the trees!”More on’s Why Chameleons Actually Change Color (It’s Not for Camouflage)This Ancient Four-Legged Whale Could Have Moved Like an Otter, Study FindsX-Rays Reveal Hungry Lizard Mistook Golf Balls for Chicken Eggs Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img

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