Trinity joined the Big Pack in the Sky on November 13th, 2008.
She passed at one year old due to Cryptococcosis.
Trinity was an Arctic wolf that was born on May 8, 2007. She was the younger sister of Alice, Thunder, Sabine, Sugar, Storm and Powder, who were rescued a year prior. Trinity was one of the few wolves born right here at Wild Spirit after her parents, Yukon and Sierra (along with another animal named Axel), were surrendered into our care, as their owner no longer wanted to breed them.
Happy to give them a home, we began the process of making arrangements and set off to pick them up. Once loaded into our rescue van, all three animals were taken to the vet to be spayed and neutered, but when the vet looked at Sierra he discovered something very surprising – she was already pregnant! Although the addition of a litter of pups was not an ideal situation, staff elected to let her maintain her pregnancy.
Upon arrival at Wild Spirit, the three new rescues settled in nicely, creating their home in one of our most beautiful habitats, full of trees and rocks. Almost immediately, Sierra and Yukon prepared for their final litter by digging a den in the dirt under a large rock slab. While doing so, they uncovered a fungus called Cryptococcus, which is generally not a huge threat for canines, but for a mother and her young pups, it can be lethal.
Sierra gave birth to five puppies: Teton, Shasta, Flurry, Frost, and Trinity. Flurry and Frost were fortunate enough to avoid any damage due to minimal exposure to the toxin. Teton, however, experienced some nerve damage in his front leg, but otherwise recovered fully, and Shasta recovered without any issue.
Unfortunately, Sierra and Trinity were so affected by the Cryptococcus that they ended up passing away due to the infection. Trinity lived until a year and a half old, surviving her mother who passed when she was just 4 mouths old.
Trinity was the smallest and shyest of her siblings. While her other two siblings wandered around the enclosure, she would stay near the back, or cuddle up next to Mom. Every now and then, she would tag along and explore the enclosure, but was the first one to dart for cover if things got a bit too “risky”. Teton and Shasta would come up to grab food from the Caretaker, but Trinity would wait until Momma got a piece and then follow her to the top to ask for it. When she passed, she relied more heavily on her siblings to share.
Likes & Dislikes
Trinity liked her mother, enrichments and cuddling with her family.
Trinity disliked her siblings leaving her alone, and new Caretakers she was not comfortable with yet.