The Salisbury Zoo’s male red wolf died on Tuesday.
The wolf, named Scout, was 11 years old. His health had been in decline for the past few months, according to a press release.
As Scout’s condition worsened, the zoo veterinarian and staff decided to euthanize him to prevent further suffering.
Scout arrived at the Salisbury Zoo in 2014. He had heartworm and was routinely monitored by the zoo, according to the release.
The zoo now has one red wolf, a 9-year-old female named Shiloh.
In the wild, red wolves typically live seven to eight years. They can live up to 15 years in captivity, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Red wolves are the most endangered canid in the world.
There are currently only nine known red wolves living in the wild. About 245 live in captivity in the United States.
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