Let this be a reminder that the life of an animal is pretty brutal. Although the Toronto Zoo has the cutest residents, we always have to remember that they're still wild. On May 11, the zoo shared mixed news about newborn wolf pups, and it really is one hell of a ride to read about.\nThe zoo revealed on Monday that it has new baby wolves, but only after a vicious fight between two adult wolves that led to the death of one animal.\nAccording to a post on the official Toronto Zoo Facebook page, the incident occurred on May 2 between two wolf sisters Dora and Vera.\nThe pair had been being monitored for weeks because it was believed that either, or both, of them had given birth.\nThe zoo reports that after the fight, Vera's injuries left her unable to stand or walk.\nThey were ultimately so severe that the zoo was forced to euthanize her after consulting with external specialists and zoo experts.\nBut the story had something of a happy ending (we guess?) after Dora's injuries were treated and she was returned to her den.\nWildlife Care subsequently saw three pups emerge from Dora's den and they even saw Dora move two from Vera's den to hers to look after them.\nFor the past several weeks, Wildlife Care staff have been closely monitoring our Arctic wolf pack as both adult females...Posted by The Toronto Zoo on Monday, May 11, 2020\n"While we can confirm that wolf pups have been spotted, given they do not usually emerge from the den until approximately eight to 12 weeks other than for short periods of time, we cannot confirm how many pups were born or exactly, how old they are at this time," noted the zoo's statement.\nThe pups sure do look cute, but it's been one hell of a ride reading about their first days since being born.\nView this post on Instagram For the past several weeks, Zoo staff have been closely monitoring our Arctic wolf pack as both adult females had been displaying denning behaviours. It was suspected that one, and potentially both, females had given birth to pups. Usually only the dominant pair breeds, however in areas where prey is plentiful, there can be multiple litters per pack. A typical pack of wolves consists of a dominant pair of breeders and their offspring from previous years. The behaviour of members of the pack is based on the hierarchical relationships of the individuals and it is not unusual behaviour for Arctic wolf females to exhibit aggressive behaviour when more than one female in a pack has a litter at the same time. . Unfortunately on Saturday, May 2, a fight took place between the dominant female ‘Dora’ and her sister ‘Vera’ in the habitat they share with their pack. Vera sustained serious injuries rendering her unable to stand or walk, and Zoo staff were able to anesthetize and move Vera to the Wildlife Health Centre for testing and monitoring. The following day after extensive consultation with external specialist and zoo experts including a neurologist, it became evident that her injuries were too severe for her to ever rejoin a pack. With a heavy heart, Zoo staff made the necessary decision to euthanize Vera on Sunday May 3rd. The same day Dora, the dominant female who had also sustained visible neck and facial wounds, was anesthetized and temporarily moved to the Wildlife Health Centre to have her wounds cleaned and treated. She was returned to the pack on the same day. Last Sunday, we were able to visually confirm that three pups were seen emerging from Dora’s den, and also witness Dora moving two pups from Vera’s den over to her own. . Subsequent to treatment, Dora is recovering well and continues to be seen entering and exiting her den regularly. This is Dora’s third litter of pups since 2018, all sired by male ‘Imiq’. While we can confirm that wolf pups have been spotted, given they do not usually emerge from the den until approximately 8-12 weeks other than for short periods of time, we cannot confirm how many pups were born or how old they are at this time. A post shared by Toronto Zoo (@thetorontozoo) on May 11, 2020 at 11:54am PDT\nThis continues the trend of the zoo updating Ontarians on its animals while it is closed to the public.\nAnd it's taken the public on some journeys, that's for sure.\nNotably, for example, there were the times that zoo staff took animals to visit and befriend each other, creating the most unlikely animal friendships.\n\nBut it's not all been good news.\nThe zoo revealed recently it was facing a situation in which it couldn't pay for all the animals' food costs due to loss of entrance and parking fees. A campaign was set up in order to raise money to keep their animals healthy and fully fed.\nAnd the public responded magnificently, raising enough money in nine days to keep their animals fed for six months.\nNow, there are new mouths to feed!\nMeanwhile, Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums revealed last week it is working on a reopening plan that would involve using Google Maps to enforce "family bubbles" among visitors.