Firefighters battling a massive wildfire in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge stumbled upon a wolf den earlier this week. Inside were five young pups apparently left behind when the rest of their pack fled.
The firefighters quickly gathered up the animals and carried them to safety.
“Well, they’re helpless, you know,” firefighter Jefferson Sam told KTUU.
One of the pups actually came out of the den, seemingly seeking help, Sam said.
“We thought she was the smart one,” he said.
The pups were treated by a field biologist and given sugar water to relieve dehydration, KTUU reported. They were taken to a zoo in Anchorage, where they will be cared for until they can be placed in a permanent home.
Crews battling the Funny River fire rescued a litter of wolf pups near the fire Tuesday: bit.ly/1jtqO1L #KTUU http://t.co/g0pfq1qSoO—
KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) May 28, 2014
Firefighters rescue 5 wolf pups in #FunnyRiverFire in Alaska wildfiretoday.com/2014/05/29/fir… #wildfire http://t.co/mjGoGdVI7r—
Wildfire Today (@wildfiretoday) May 29, 2014
Wolf pups rescued from Alaska wildfire nbcnews.to/1rkQCad http://t.co/f6T2fJmRTG—
NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 29, 2014
Firefighters battling forest blaze stop to rescue five wolf pups dailym.ai/1nZFJ8b http://t.co/J4P51WmJgb—
тσпч ɔ'εʟıα (@Tony_DElia) May 29, 2014
These photos of wolf pups being rescued from a fire will light up your life thedo.do/1gEwdZ8 http://t.co/v7IbY1GV2n—
The Dodo (@dodo) May 29, 2014