Soleil (French for “sun”) was born at an exotic animal breeding facility in Ohio. A West Virginian man with a fascination for wolves bought her, convinced she could be a pet. Her owner, upon seeing her naturally fearful behavior, decided to place her in the back yard on a 30 foot chain. Soleil remained very scared of people, and her owner finally became so frustrated that he decided that the only solution to his situation was to kill Soleil. Luckily, a neighbor who had been watching these events unfold offered him another solution, and Mission: Wolf was fortunately contacted.
In October of the same year, we took in another wolf puppy named Orion. It didn’t take long for the two pups to bond with each other and start rough housing in the vet building. As they matured, they became more independent. We tried to separate them and introduce them to older wolves for guidance, but they wouldn’t hear of it. In short order, the two were back together and raising themselves.
Soleil has come a long way since her arrival to the refuge. With Orion as her constant companion for 12 years, staff considered them to be the most bonded pair of wolves at the refuge, until Orion unfortunately passed away in late 2017. Despite this loss, Soleil has been doing well, and we are hopeful that we can find a suitable partner to keep her company in her golden years