Extremely rare footage reveals endangered red cubs – only 21 left in the wild
A RARE video of endangered red wolves was recently shared by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The American agency used its Twitter account to publish the Extract of 41 seconds In Monday.
At the start of the video, a pack of red wolves – including an adult and five cubs – could be seen running across a field.
The wolves then exit the frame before the pups are seen playing in the grass again.
“Red Cubs are moving to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina,” the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said.
“These puppies are the first born in the wild since 2018,” the agency added.
While only five Red Cubs are seen on film, it has been confirmed that there are indeed six.
An endangered species
The red wolf was first listed as “threatened with extinction” under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 in 1967.
Currently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies the red wolf as “critically endangered”.
In fact, the species is currently on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which is on the verge of extinction in the wild.
It is estimated that up to 21 of these wolves currently exist in the wild, the USFWS said.
This makes such images of the animals “out and about in the early evening” very rare, the agency added.
Response from viewers
Since being uploaded to USFWS Twitter, the video has received a lot of positive attention from viewers.
Hundreds of people liked the video and dozens more left comments expressing their love for animals.
“Oh my god I love them,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I’m so excited to hear that!” cried a second person.