Wolves may have been extinct in the UK for more than 300 years, however the animals may be making a comeback (in captivity, at least).

 A litter of Hudson Bay Wolf cubs has just been born in a Devon wildlife park, believed to be the first of their kind in the UK.

Proud Mama Naira and father Maska have been looking after the seven pups in the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Ilfracombe where they were born.

Park director Dawn Gilbert said: ‘This is a rather large litter for a first time mum. The average litter size is between four and six and not all of them generally survive.

‘It is still early days yet but the pups are making strong progress and mum Naira is carrying out her role brilliantly.’

While other Hudson Bay Wolves live in captivity at a wildlife park near Lincolnshire, this is the first time wolves of this type have been born in the UK for several centuries. The animals’ natural habitat is in Canada and Alaska and the park said it was unknown how many are left in the wild.

The last one was thought to have been shot in the Scottish highlands in 1680.

Responses to "First wolves to be born in Britain in 300 years"

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  3. Vincent D. Cornish says:

    My paternal lineage is from Cornwall; And, I am so pleased that these wolfies are re-establishing the spirit of Wolf back in the UK!

  4. barbara says:

    wonderful! but this time around,.......Leave em' alone!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful, but slightly misleading title on that article - these are the first Hudson Bay wolves, not wolves in general. We've had Canis Lupus pups popping out (sadly only in captivity) all over the UK for years. :D

  6. Unknown says:

    For the love of God please don't release them into the wild. With Cameron's attitude to Foxes, Badgers and now Beagles bred for experiments the wolves would be dead within a year.

  7. Anonymous says:

    this is wonderful hope to come and see them

  8. Anonymous says:

    awesome...and thank you...this is really neat!!!!.

  9. Anonymous says:

    such a fantastic sight! please, bring the wolves back to the UK!

  10. Anonymous says:

    They are not the first wolves to be born in the UK as several parks have had cubs. Maybe the first Hudson Bay wolves. But not the first wolves. The UKWCT had the first Euros born in the UK since they were killed in the UK in the wild that was back in 1999

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