It's been a bit of a wild and crazy week at the Museum of Life and Science after the escape - and return - of three of the Durham museum's rare red wolf pups.
The now two-month-old puppies were found missing Monday morning, shutting down much of the museum's outdoor campus as observation teams spread out to look for the trio. Two were back with their parents and fourth pup, who had stayed put, by Monday evening. The third pup was back by noon, Tuesday. Red wolves are critically endangered - there are about 200 in captivity in the United States; about 40 in the wild. The pups are one of just five red wolf litters born in captivity this year.
Operations are back to normal at the museum. And now, to celebrate the pups' spirit and raise money for the museum's red wolf family and the conservation of red wolves in the wild, the museum has launched a T-shirt fundraiser. All of the proceeds will go toward efforts to support red wolves.
The shirts are available only today through July 7 and are sold exclusively through the museum's online red wolf conservation fundraiser. Pup T-shirts will not be sold in either of the museum’s onsite stores, Elements or Gizmo Garage.
The custom-designed shirts are adorable and feature a running wolf with the phrase "Wild Child" across it and "Let's Go On An Adventure" along the bottom. They come in several different colors, a couple of styles and youth and adult sizes. Prices are between $15.99 and $23.99, depending on the size and style.