A baby tiger and a white wolf that crossed the Denver River to help a baby animal in need died Thursday when the white wolf fell in the water and drowned, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The animals were crossing the river in a small boat when the wolves fell into the river and became trapped in the canoe, said Rocky Mountain News.
The white wolf, a male named James, was rescued and is in a stable condition at a veterinary clinic.
The cubs were rescued after the white wolves’ mother drowned.
The cubs, which are both about 1½ years old, are recovering at a local animal hospital, according the news release.
The pair was traveling on a trip with two other white wolves, but James lost his way while trying to swim to shore, Rocky Mountain Parks and Recreation spokesperson Kim Taggart said.
James fell into a small river, became entangled in a rope and drowned.
Read moreThe white wolves had been staying in the same spot on the river, but they were not able to get back to shore to reunite with their cubs.
“James is a great example of what can happen when you help an animal when there’s nowhere to go,” said Rocky Mounts News Director Mike Gentry.
The cub and their mother, a female named Tilly, were rescued from the river by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife crew.