Zoo announces death of timber wolf
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MARSHFIELD — The City of Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department has announced the passing of Luna, the female timber wolf, at Wildwood Zoo.
At the time of her death, she was 12 years old and considered to be a senior wolf. After she was observed behaving atypically, a veterinary exam revealed that she had pyometra, an infection of the female reproductive organs, which is common among older, intact canines. The infection had progressed beyond the point of being treated with antibiotics and surgery was not an option in her condition. With a lack of treatment options, the difficult decision was made to euthanize Luna.
Luna was a favorite amongst visitors with her beautiful coloring and sweet, shy disposition.
She called Wildwood Zoo home since October of 2015 when she was transferred from the Wild World of Animals in Pennsylvania. Luna arrived with her two male siblings, Malakai and Smokey. Smokey died earlier this year from a rare, aggressive form of cancer. Over the course of the next few weeks, staff will closely monitor Malakai for behavior changes indicating stress or loneliness. While wolves are social animals, Malakai rarely interacted with Luna and staff believe he may do well alone. Staff are also currently exploring other options, but the decision will be based on what is best for his long-term welfare by the team who knows him best. He is currently doing well and he did have the opportunity to view her body after Luna’s passing.
Over the course of the past year or so, Wildwood Zoo has said goodbye to a higher number of animals than usual. As a testament to the care they receive here, Marshfield’s animal population is heavily comprised of seniors who are facing age-related illnesses and complications. While it certainly does not make it easier to lose an animal, knowing they lived a long, happy, and healthy life here is a comfort. As always, the Parks and Recreation staff appreciates your continued support of Wildwood Park and Zoo.