A litter of fuzzy little maned wolf pups born at a conservation center in Virginia have gotten their first checkup, revealing the adorable animals' sex for the first time.
The four maned wolf pups were born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. These South American wolves are listed as "near threatened" in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, largely because humans are encroaching on wolf habitat. As adults, maned wolves have thick fur on their necks, giving them their name. [See pictures of the pups]
Breeding the wolves in captivity is tricky, perhaps because captive diets do not replicate wild diets for these animals. The parents of the four new pups, Salina and Nopal, are on a special diet formulated to more closely represent the omnivorous chow of maned wolves in the wild.
fyi: The Maned Wolf is not a Wolf as in Canis Lupus or Rufus but a wild canid. If you like read more about "The maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) is the largest canid of South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur." ~wikipedia