Red wolf not pregnant

A female red wolf that officials said last month shows signs of pregnancy (Image courtesy Museum of Life and Science in Durham)

May 2, 2011 12:56:22 PM PDT
Museum of Life and Science in Durham announced Monday that it doesn't believe one of its endangered red wolves is pregnant after all.

The museum announced last month that a wolf that's given birth to pups in the past was showing signs of being pregnant again.

But now officials say - while they're still holding out hope - they believe the animal is experiencing a pseudo pregnancy.

"The chances of having a litter are very low now," said Sherry Samuels, the Museum's animal department director, in a statement.

There are less than 300 red wolves in existence. The Museum of Life and Science is a member of a national network that houses red wolves as part of the Species Survival Plan, supervised by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

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