Surgery on Wolf Pup a Success

By KBJR News 1

Credit: International Wolf Center

Surgery on Wolf Pup a Success

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM CDT

Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The female wolf pup Peanut is recovering today after she under went surgery on her fractured femur.

When Peanut was brought to the International Wolf Center back in April, members noticed the pup had a hard time standing on her feet.

Veterinary surgeons at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center took Peanut into surgery on Wednesday, May 16th where a metal plate was attached to the pup’s right rear femur.

“We are cautiously optimistic,” said the Center’s Wolf Curator Lori Schmidt. “But there’s still a lot we don’t yet know about her condition. We suspect she has a bone density deficiency, but we don’t know the underlying cause of that condition. It could be metabolic, or it could be a vitamin D deficiency. In other words, it could be something we can address or it might be a chronic condition that we cannot do anything about.”

Recovery is expected to take six weeks or longer.

Peanut was returned to the Wolf Center late Wednesday night and rejoined her older packmate, nicknamed Bolts, who is developing normally. The pups have been under around-the-clock observation since their arrival.

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