Zoo babies get 12-week check-ups

African wild dog puppies, born at Brookfield Zoo on November 26, 2010. (Brookfield Zoo)

February 17, 2011 1:02:10 PM PST
Ten African wild dog puppies had a visit with veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo on Thursday.

The pups got their 12-week vaccinations during their check-ups. They are currently off exhibit at the zoo with their mother, Kim, 6; father, Digger, 4; and Digger's brother, Duke, 4.

Officials said the litter is important in the management of the animals because Brookfield is one of only three zoos to have African wild dog babies in the past year. African wild dogs are considered one of Africa's most endangered predators.