Two endangered Mexican gray wolves are now the proud parents of seven pups, at the Albuquerque zoo.
The pups join mum Kawi, dad Ryder and older brother Archer who was born last May along with two other baby wolves that did not survive.
The pups recently came out from their underground den for the first time, a moment that was captured on the video below.
The pups recently came out of their den for the first time. Zookeepers have only been able to view the pups via a camera so far because the mother is being protective..
Zoo manager Lynn Tupa said that while second litters tend to be larger, staff were still surprised that Kawi’s second litter was seven pups.
“The ABQ BioPark has played an important role in Mexican wolf recovery over the years and we’re proud to contribute to the survival of this critically endangered subspecies,” said Tupa.
“Every new Lobo that we welcome boosts overall survival of wolves in the wild.”
The ABQ BioPark is part of a nationwide captive-breeding network that supports the recovery of the endangered predators in the Southwest U.S.
The Albuquerque zoo has been part of the breeding effort for years, having welcomed 79 wolf pups since 1983.