GREEN BAY - Two eight-week old gray wolf pups will soon be on display at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. They arrived from a Florida wolf sanctuary last week.
The pups will be part of the familiar exhibit.
For now, they're being called wolf number 1, and wolf number 2.
"They're very curious right now, they're playing with their new toys, they're always exploring," said Lori Bankson, curator of animals at the sanctuary. "One of them loves to come over by people, the other one, if she's sleeping, you leave her alone."
Tim Dewane and his son Doug got a sneak peek on Tuesday.
"I'm excited to see some new pups," Doug Dewane said. "These guys are cute."
"It's a wonderful addition," Tim Dewane said. "I'm looking forward to watching them grow up. This is awesome."
The pups will replace the original pack. Four wolves were born here almost 20 years ago. The last wolf in the original pack died last month.
"For the past month, having that exhibit empty, since our last wolf Mowa-sa passed away, it's been a hole here at the wildlife sanctuary," Bankson said.
Updates are planned for the exhibit itself. Park officials say after 17 years, this area needs a little attention.
"Just re-set rocks, clean it up, get it ready so that it's a great viewing opportunity for our visitors," sanctuary director Mike Reed said.
The pups and handlers will spend the next month getting adjusted.
"To be able to be a part of this, and help hand-raise these pups, and let them experience the sanctuary, and see them be curious and excited, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Bankson said.
The next step is an upcoming online contest to name the pups. The contest is set to begin Wednesday.
"For the next three weeks they can enter names, so we're hoping early June we won't have to call them 1 and 2 anymore," Bankson said.
There will be a meet and greet Saturday at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. You can get your picture taken with the pups, and submit possible names for the pair as well.
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