- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - The Menominee Park Zoo in Oshkosh has a new family of wolves.

The four gray wolves came from the Wildlife Science Center near Minneapolis in October after the last of the zoo’s original three wolves was euthanized in June 2014 due to health reasons, according to Oshkosh Northwestern Media (https://oshko.sh/1JgAb3L ).

The 12-year-old wolves - Sienna, Rebel, Echo and Thunder - are litter mates.

They have settled into their new habitat in time for the zoo’s opening Saturday.

“We had a lot of people wondering when we were going to get replacements,” zoo specialist Stacy Donnelly said. “I’m excited for people to see them. I think they’re going to enjoy how active they are.”

They were born to a wolf that originally lived in Yellowstone National Park, where wolves are typically larger than the ones in Wisconsin.

Thunder, the biggest of the four wolves, weighs in at 120 pounds and stands nearly 3 feet tall, Donnelly said.

Donnelly said each wolf has its own personality, from Thunder, whom she described as a “big, dopey dog,” to Sierra, who acts as a look-out for the pack, to Rebel, who is the dominant male, and to Echo, who is more on the shy side.

While the Oshkosh Zoological Society gave the Wildlife Science Center a donation, Donnelly said the center did not charge the city for the wolves.

The zoo’s season runs through Sept. 27.


Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, https://www.thenorthwestern.com

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