Highlands & Islands

What big ears you've got: Park's wolf pups growing up

Wolf pups Image copyright RZSS/Jan Morse
Image caption The wolf pups were born in June

New images have been released showing how much six wolf pups born at the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, near Aviemore, have grown.

The pups were born on 3 June and are being raised by their parents Ruby and Jax.

It is the latest litter of European wolves, a subspecies of the grey wolf, to be raised at the park.

Previously, pups were born there in 2013 and Ruby was born at the site in 2012.

Image caption A sign at the Highland Wildlife Park, which keeps European wolf
Image copyright RZSS/Jan Morse
Image copyright RZSS/Jan Morse

Ruby's siblings went on to join other collections as part of a European wolf management programme in the UK.

The latest pups, which are four females and two males, have been named Fearn, Eadha, Rose, Cora, Darach and Simon.

A series of photographs of the pups were first released by the park in July.

In the wild, European wolves are found throughout Scandinavia. Some are also found in southern and eastern Europe and western Russia.

Wolves were hunted to extinction in Scotland in the 1740s.

Image copyright RZSS/Jan Morse
Image caption The pups have grown up since photographs of the wolves were released about three months ago
Image copyright RZSS/Alex Riddell

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