Comedian Stephen Colbert, already the proud owner of two insects named in his honor, has received yet another - this time, a rare red wolf pup born at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.
Officials at the center decided to name the wolf pup after Colbert, a South Carolina native, because he is a "Lowcountry person, and we thought it was a good name for our wolf." In addition to honoring the future "Late Show" host, officials also named one of the new pups after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell - who visited the refuge in December to speak about climate change.
“Secretary Jewell came here last year and we were so impressed with her, and she was such a supportive secretary, we felt it was a great honor to name one of the pups after her,’’ refuge project leader Raye Nilius told The Herald. “We also really enjoy Stephen Colbert.’’
Colbert and Jewell will grow up at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, while two of their siblings will be raised by a mother wolf in the wild at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina.
The red wolf, one of the world's most endangered canids, is slowly making a comeback - with some 100 roaming natural habitats in eastern North Carolina, and nearly 200 red wolves in captive breeding programs throughout the U.S.
Related on MNN: