Blackstone was born in April 6, 2022. He came to the International Wolf Center in May 10, 2022 along with his littermate, Caz. They are both North American gray wolves (Canis lupus) with DNA sampling aligning them with wolves in the Yellowstone region.
He is named in honor of Blackstone Lake in the Ely, Minnesota, area. Blackstone is described as a very calm wolf that is typically found interacting with his littermate Caz but may seek out Grayson for reassurance if pack dynamic tensions increase. Since joining the Exhibit Pack, we have witnessed many social grooming behaviors between him and Grayson. Often wolf associations in this pack can help webcam viewers identify individual wolves. Blackstone has been the larger of the two pups since his arrival. Blackstone was 7.8 pounds when we met him as a 35-day-old pup on May 10, 2022, and was 49.6 pounds when he joined the Exhibit Pack on July 28th. As a yearling he reached 100 pounds and will likely exceed that weight as an adult.
Blackstone physically appears taller than his littermate and more cream colored. However, this will continue to change as body size and coat color variations can occur until they reach full maturity between 18-24 months.
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