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Arrived at Mission: Wolf on January 9, 2009
Lives with McKinley
We believe Texx was born in January 2005 and sold to a family in Texas as a pet. We do not know much about his past, but it is likely that he was privately owned and either set loose or escaped from his home. He was discovered running around a suburban area in Texas. He learned to go to various backyards at night and scavenge dog food and garbage to survive. When he was young, not very many people paid attention, but as his presence and size became more noticeable, so did the neighbors’ concerns for their safety.
Texx was at high risk to be hurt or killed, until a concerned neighbor that understood wolf-dog behavior stepped up to help. She and her husband managed to set up a clever scheme to catch Texx before the neighbors shot him. She discovered that while she walked her dog, Texx would sneak into her backyard while they were away and eat the dog food. The fence was short, so they built a wire mesh top over the feeding area. Armed with a 100ft rope, she set up a way to close the gate from a distance where Texx could not see her. When her dog left for a walk, sure enough – here came Texx. Only this time when he started to eat, the gate suddenly swung shut and he was trapped. His instinct to jump out was foiled by the mesh top.
They were able to get Texx into a large airline carrier and loaded him up in the back of their little truck. When he arrived at Mission: Wolf, Texx was very timid and not sure what to think of life in the mountains. But within weeks of his arrival, he soon warmed up to his new home and we were able to introduce him to a female wolf named McKinley. She is not as timid as Texx, and has offered him a lot of comfort and companionship. Texx has really settled into life at the refuge and spends a lot of time exploring his enclosure and sunning himself on top of his shade structure. McKinley is often the dominant partner and keeps him in line at dinnertime.
As he has grown older, Texx has begun to turn a beautiful white color. Fondly referred to by many of the staff as a cartoonish ghost, he happily lives in the lower half of the refuge, undisturbed by humans.