Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/Tanja Askani Wildpark Lüneburger Heide
This is the adorable baby wolf which has been adopted by this big-hearted female dog after the cub became separated from its own mother.
The wolf was found after it ran towards a walker in a forest In Oberlausitz in the federal state of Saxony, Germany in June.
The cub reportedly seemed lost and was in a poor condition so the walker, who has not been named in reports, notified the authorities.
Pictures Credit: CEN/Wolves Unlimited & CEN/Tanja Askani Wildpark Lüneburger Heide
Rescuers looked for signs of the wolf’s pack but could not find any signs of them so the abandoned wolf was taken to an animal park. Workers initially planned to find the pack and return the wolf to them but they could not track down the wild wolves.
The cub has now been taken to the Luneburg Heath Wildlife Park, a wildlife park near Nindorf in the municipality of Hanstedt in the north German state of Lower Saxony where it has found an unlikely new mum, dog Vera who already has experience with wolves.
A spokesman for the animal park said: “Vega has experience with wolves, she gives them the feeling of being safe and looks after them.
“When the wolf was brought to us at around three or four weeks old, it only weighed 1,100 grams (2.5 lbs) and was starving to death. Now she weighs almost four kilos (nine pounds).
Wolf carer Tanja Askani said: “The wolf was probably with her family for the first few weeks. The socialisation phase for wolves starts between the fourth and the eight week.
“When the wolf arrived she was kept in isolation and did not have contact with humans, as it was planned to return her to her family and reintegrate her. That doesn’t make it easy for us, the little wolf has a lot to learn, she enjoys playing, is alert and intelligent.”
The wolf is not yet on show to visitors of the wildlife park.
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