After more than a week of searching, the last of four escaped wolves has been found and returned to its home at a Minnesota wildlife rescue center.
"Our last boy is home!!" the Wildlife Science Center said in a Facebook post on Friday, announcing that the 5-year-old male — named "Gigantor" for his size — had finally been tracked down:
Per the announcement, Gigantor was given "a dose of drugs to help him sleep off a week on the run," and then given "a spa treatment to clean him up and remove the billions of ticks he accumulated."
"When he wakes up, he will be reunited with his family," the science center says.
He was one of four wolves who escaped their enclosure on Thursday, May 27, kicking off a desperate search for the animals.
Sadly, two of the wolves did not survive. One was struck by a car and had to be euthanized, while another is believed to have been shot and killed after the rescue team heard gunshots following a brief sighting.
This past Wednesday, however, brought some good news. A call led the science center to a 1-year-old sub-adult just off Highway 22. The capture crew darted him, then followed him until he lost consciousness.
Before his capture, Gigantor had been seen with a limp and an injured paw. The Friday update does not include details as to how he was located and captured.
The Wildlife Science Center is located in Stacy, Minnesota, and was launched as a nonprofit in 1991.