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Wild cubs born at Wildwood take first steps

By Gazette reporter

This is the moment Wildwood’s adorable wolf cubs entered their new home for the first time.

The offspring of Nuna and Odin, brought to the wildlife park near Canterbury from Switzerland and Sweden respectively, were joined by their other two siblings in their first tentative walk through their revamped woodland enclosure.

The honour of releasing the pack was awarded to Roger and Helen Dilley from Whitstable, who were chosen by a lottery in the park.

The wolf cubs being released into their new woodland enclosure at Wildwood near Canterbury for the first time
The wolf cubs being released into their new woodland enclosure at Wildwood near Canterbury for the first time

Roger said: “Thank you to everyone at Wildwood for making today one of the best days of my life.”

Visitors gathered on a viewing platform to watch the animals familiarise themselves with their new habitat.

Odin and Nuna were as cautious as all new parents, initially leaving their cubs in the cage while they explored their large but unfamiliar enclosure.

Nuna returned 30 minutes later to collect them once satisfied with their new surroundings.

Keepers captured footage of the cubs roaming the woodland and cooling off in a pond.

The heatwave has been testing on the wolves, with keepers making wolf-friendly ice lollies to cool them down.

Two of the wolf cubs were named Maximus and Tiberius after a Facebook poll, and the other two will be named in the coming days.

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