WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Eight rare Mexican wolf pups have been born at a preserve in the New York City suburbs, a development that could aid the federal program that has reintroduced the endangered species to the wild.
The in South Salem announced Monday that five males and three females were born Sunday to the Mexican wolves known as F749 and M740.
A video on the center's website showed a furry gray mass of tiny pups, some of them making small noises. The online announcement said the pups were no bigger than a potato.
"It's always a good day when we learn of the birth of an endangered species," said Peter Siminski, coordinator of the Mexican wolfprogram for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Eight new pups in a world population of around 366 is a 2 percent increase."
Siminski said there are an estimated 42 Mexican wolves in the wild and 324 in captivity.
The wild wolves are kept along the New Mexico-Arizona state line under the federal program that reintroduced them to the wild in 1998.