ASHEBORO, NC (FOX46/AP) - Cute alert!
Five critically endangered American red wolf pups were born at the North Carolina Zoo and they are beyond adorable.
Zoo officials say the three females and two males were born April 15, but made the official announcement on their Facebook page May 2. All are healthy and doing well.
The wolves were driven to near extinction during the late 1960s, and there are only a few dozen left in the wild.
Litters usually yield three pups, so it's kind of a big deal that the zoo has five healthy wolf babies on their hands.
Thor, Hurricane, Thunder, Typhoon, and Oklahoma are part of the breeding program, Species Survival Plan, so, so unfortunately they will not be on display to the public. However, the zoo promises to post picture updates to its Facebook page for those who want to know how the newborns are progressing.
Officials say the zoo’s breeding program has successfully bred 29 wolves since the program began in 1994.