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‘Papa,’ VLM’s American red wolf, is dead

Papa, a 16-year-old American red wolf at the Virginia Living Museum, died (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)
Papa, a 16-year-old American red wolf at the Virginia Living Museum, died (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Virginia Living Museum)

NEWPORT NEWS — The Virginia Living Museum‘s oldest male American red Wolf has died.

He was 16 years old.

“He has been a wonderful ambassador for his species and will be greatly missed,” museum officials wrote on their Facebook page Thursday night.

According to the museum’s website, Papa was the oldest male American red wolf on exhibit in the U.S. The museum acquired Papa in November 2005 when he was two-and-a-half years old from the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.

In a span of two years, he fathered seven pups and two of which, both males, remained at the museum until he died.

For more information about the American Red Wolf Species Survival Program, visit the VLM’s website.

Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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