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Minnesota Zoo new home for 5 rescued wolf pups

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Five wolf pups who were rescued from a wildfire in Alaska will get a new home at the Minnesota Zoo, according to reports.

The two female and three male pups were discovered in their den by crews battling a wildfire near the Funny River on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on May 27, according to the Alaska Zoo. The pups had been abandoned by their parents and had puncture wounds from porcupine needles, officials said.

The young wolves are being treated at the Alaska Zoo until they are healthy enough, then they'll be transported to the Minnesota Zoo.

“The Minnesota Zoo has an established relationship with the Alaska Zoo and has been a good partner with us in past orphaned wildlife situations,” Cyndi Gardner, acting permitting biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said in a news release. “The (Minnesota) facility is well-qualified and respected, and we’re confident the pups will have a good home there.”

The Minnesota Zoo agreed to take in all five pups. Officials said it's important to keep them together.

“It’s the companionship,” Pat Lampi, executive director at the Alaska Zoo, said in the news release. “They were born together in the wild and now they can grow up together. As long as they remain together, wherever they go is home.”

View more photos of the wolf pups here.

The Funny River wildfire sparked on May 19 and investigators believe humans started it near an old oil and gas exploration road, reported the Anchorage Daily News. The fire has damaged more than 193,000 acres.

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