Saturday 31 May 2014

Five Alaska Wolf Pups Rescued by Firefighters

By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer | May 28, 2014 01:29pm ET

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge firefighter Brian Nichols holds a wolf pup rescued from an abandoned den near the Funny River Fire.
Credit: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Firefighters rescued five wolf pups from an abandoned den Tuesday (March 27) as they battled the massive Funny Rive Fire in southern Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The pups had not been hurt by the blaze, according to a Facebook post by firefighters with the Kenai Wildlife National Refuge, who discovered the den.

Medics with the fire crew fed the fuzzy brown puppies glucose (sugar water) and plucked porcupine quills from their skin. In reward, they got some excited licks from the tiny pups. With help from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the litter was taken to Anchorage, where they await a permanent home.

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