Three weeks ago some very cute arctic wolves were born into the world. 

Normally they would be living in Alaska but these babies were born into the world at Austria's Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna. Although they are ready to live comfortably in minus 60C weather in the arctic, here they were born into the middle of a 27C heatwave. And they seem to be doing just fine. Their mother is Inja who keeps a watchful eye over them while they play.

The zoo director, Dagmar Schratter, has said of them; "Inja is very careful and protective and only lets them out when it is quiet at the zoo and she believes it is safe enough to do so. You will need a lot of patience if you want to see them." A zoo keeper also added; "It is a bit warm for them but they're a very adaptable species."

Below are some of the photos of these babies. They are of course very cute and playful. Enjoy!

Some facts on the Arctic Wolf

The arctic wolf (Canis lupus arctos), also called polar wolf or white wolf, is a subspecies of the gray wolf, a mammal of the family Canidae. Arctic wolves inhabit the Canadian Arctic, Alaska and the northern parts of Greenland.

Habitat and distribution ~

The arctic wolf inhabits the Canadian Arctic and the islands, parts of Alaska and northern part of Greenland. Their habitat extends from 70° North latitude and higher. They have lived in North America for more than two million years. When they find a den, they make a couple of chambers for food and young. The arctic wolf is the only subspecies of the Gray Wolf that still can be found over the whole of its original range, largely because, in their natural habitat, they rarely encounter humans. The arctic wolf is also the only subspecies of wolf which is not threatened - their remote home means that they are relatively safe from man's activities, both in terms of hunting and habitat destruction.

Their habitat is extremely harsh and remote, and few scientists venture into that world during the long, dark winter – even the vast majority of Inuit live further south than the arctic wolf. As a result, the details of their lives through much of the year are virtually unknown.

Behavior ~

The arctic wolf can withstand the arctic weather, with the help in their thoroughly insulated fur. They can survive in sub-zero temperatures for years, in absolute darkness for five months per year, and without food for weeks. Arctic Wolves usually travel in packs of 2 to 20. They live in small family groups: a breeding pair (alpha male and female) and their pups. The pack works together to feed and care for their pups. Lone arctic wolves are young males that have left their pack to seek their own territories. They avoid other wolves, unless they are able to mate. Having found an abandoned territory, a lone arctic wolf will claim it by marking the territory with its scent, then gather other lone wolves into its pack. When the female is pregnant, she leaves the pack to dig a den to raise her pups. If the ice is too thick, she will move to a den or cave.

Hunting ~

Like all wolves, arctic wolves hunt in packs, preying mainly on caribou and muskoxen, but also arctic hares, seals, ptarmigan, lemmings, and smaller animals such as waterfowl. Due to the scarcity of prey, they roam large areas, up to 2,600 km2 (1,000 sq mi), and follow migrating caribou south during the winter, for a food source. They are not fast runners, instead relying on stamina to take down prey.

Adult wolves have 42 teeth, their main weapon in hunting. They swallow food in large chunks, barely chewing it. They eat all of their prey, including the bones. Wolves can eat up to 20 pounds (9 kg) of meat at one meal. When they return from the hunt, wolves regurgitate some of the food for the hungry pups.

Reproduction ~

Due to the Arctic's permafrost soil and the difficulty it always poses for digging dens, arctic wolves often use rock outcroppings, caves or even shallow depressions as dens instead. After gestation of about 63 days to 75 days, birth is in late May to early June, about a month later than Gray Wolves. The mother gives birth to 2 or 3 pups, though there may be as many as 12. This is fewer pups than gray wolves, which have four to five. It is generally thought that the lower number is due to the scarcity of prey in the Arctic. Pups are born blind and deaf, and weigh about one pound. They are dependent on their mother for food and protection. When they are 5 weeks old, they are allowed outside the den. Other wolves in the pack may take care of the mother’s pups until she returns with food.
Source ~ Wikipedia

Cuddly: These Arctic wolf cubs emerged into the world in the middle of a 27C heatwave

Responses to "Cute arctic wolves born in Austria"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I just loved this, as I love any wolves.

  2. Anonymous says:

    love the cub in the bottom pic sticking its tongue out. lush, hate wild animals being kept in captivity, but when u see pic,s like this known they will have food and not be hunted and will survive is worth it.x

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks again for sharing such great photos. The pup in the last shot should be used for anti-kill/hunting of wolves in America! He difinitely knows how to say it, "Phew"! chiefruth

  4. Anonymous says:

    ooooooh so so adorable.. <3 <3 ^_^

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  6. Unknown says:

    So precious! I love wolves!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank for photos and information <3 They are absolutely precious from birth to adult. Arctic Wolves or "White Wolves" are an impressive subspecies of the grey wolf :) Blessed are the Wolves of the world <3

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