During the warmer days and months, the red wolves often have fly strikes on their ears. Because of this, we often place fly cream on the tips of their ears. The two younger wolves are familiar with the procedure and don't seem to mind us working with them to cover the tips of their ears to relieve some of the discomfort the flies create. They actually seem to enjoy the whole process. I recently assisted in placing fly cream on the ears of the 2 younger red wolves that we have on display here at the Virginia Living Museum. First, we set up the supplies so that we can access the items we need to place the cream on their ears. We have a paddle that has been created specifically for this purpose. The paddle is a large tongue depressor taped to a long dowel rod. On the paddle, we will place the fly cream in such a way that we can easily put it on their ears.
|Pink fly cream is placed on the end of the paddle in preparation for putting it on their ears.|
|This young wolf waits patiently while the fly cream is placed on his ears|
|a closer look reveals how the cream looks on the ears|
|getting ready to go|
|Time to play!|