Lil’ Hailey Star is a black phase female Gray wolf that was born in the spring of 2009 at Bear Country, a wildlife safari park in South Dakota. She came to Mission: Wolf as part of a group of eight puppies: three littermates and four Arctic wolf pups that grew up together in the same enclosure.
After being adopted into the Ambassador pack, Lil’ Hailey was discovered hiding in the den with a serious wound on her back. Petite Hailey Adams, a Mission: Wolf staff member, volunteered to crawl 15 feet into the den headfirst and hold onto the injured puppy while we pulled her out backwards by a rope tied around her legs. It worked, and we named the recovered pup Hailey in honor of her rescuer.
Just as Hailey was healing, tragedy struck, and the other pups became very ill. Two died before our eyes and a third on her way to the vet. A fourth pup, Aria, was in the worst shape of the remaining five and had gone into a coma. Staff worked tirelessly to help Aria and managed to get him to pull through. He and Hailey were placed together in the vet building so that they could both recover.After trying unsuccessfully to pair Hailey with several different males, we finally gave her and Aria their own enclosure. The two can regularly be seen sleeping side by side and chasing each other across their rocky home.