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Oldest male wolf at Red River Zoo dies

Moose first arrived at the Zoo in 2008 with seven littermates.

Image of light colored wolf.
Moose, a wolf born in 2008 who lived at the Red River Zoo.
Submitted photo / Red River Zoo
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FARGO — Moose, the oldest male wolf at the Red River Zoo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 18, according to a Facebook post by the zoo.

His health had declined suddenly on Sunday morning and, after a vet determined that his heart was failing, he was put to sleep that afternoon surrounded by the staff who cared for him every day.

He first arrived at the zoo in 2008 with his seven litter mates. He was the largest of his siblings, and so he was named Moose.

Young wolf curled up in a feeding bucket.
Moose as a pup.
Submitted photo / Red River Zoo

Zoo staff described Moose as a highly inquisitive animal who loved to chew on just about anything, noting, “After all, he was a wolf!”


As the reluctant pack leader, Moose did well until a new group of pups arrived at the zoo in 2015. Moose was tolerant of the newcomers, the zoo said, but wasn’t completely accepting of their presence.

The Zoo moved him into an adjacent habitat soon after for Moose’s safety and well-being, according to the zoo.

Wolf pup drinking water.
Submitted photo / Red River Zoo
Red River Zoo

The zoo states that Moose will be greatly missed by their staff and zoo visitors alike, describing him as a “fantastic and engaging member of our zoo family.”

Moose is survived by his sister, Ella, who still lives happily at the Red River Zoo with three other wolves.

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