We acquired Luna as a 20 day old pup, and shortly after her arrival, we noticed that she had some mobility issues. After she suffered an injury from what should have been an non-event for a healthy pup, we discovered that she had a bone density issue that may be related to a vitamin D deficiency. She had surgery to repair her injury at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital and started nutritional supplements specially designed for her needs. Luna is representative of the Great Plains subspecies and is a black color phase, which is believed to be found in less than 5% of the population in Minnesota. Luna was introduced to the Exhibit Pack with Boltz on July 30th and after a few tense hours where Luna chose to run rather than submit to the adults, staff could rest easier as they observed her feeding with the pack, defending food and wrestling with Aidan and Denali in some strong social interactions. As a female pup, Luna will not be as involved in dominance rank order issues with the males, but certainly shows her own status as the lone female in the pack.
For more information on our ambassador wolves, watch extended wolf videos on the International Wolf Center's YouTube Channel or enjoy a close-up of wolf behavior on our Wolf Watch Cams.