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29 July 2017

A widowed wolf has stepped up to raise his five cubs as a single dad after mum’s death at Cotswold Wildlife Park

A WIDOWED wolf has stepped up to raise his five cubs as a single dad.

Mum Ember died after she escaped from her enclosure and zoo keepers had to put her down.

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Dad Ash wolfs down a meal with his cubs after the death of their mother Ember
Dan Charity – The Sun

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Dan Charity – The Sun

There are five motherless cubs after Ember’s death[/caption]

The Sun’s report into Ember’s death earlier this week

But superdad Ash has responded to his partner’s death, taking on Ember’s roles to ensure the cubs are cared for.

The protective two-year-old now calls out to the youngsters and feeds them, regurgitating food for them to digest.

The 11-week-old cubs, three male, two female, follow him around their enclosure at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford, Ox­fordshire.

And professio­nals say they’re de­lighted with the development. Mammal keeper Hayley Mullaney said: “Ash calls to them and they follow him. He’s also very attentive and tends to sit near the den as they’re resting.

“The cubs themselves are still slightly unsettled. However they’re displaying signs that they are calmer.

“As a pack they’re doing well and we are very encouraged by Ash’s behaviour.”

Dan Charity – The Sun

Wolf tenderly cares for the 11-week-old cubs at the Wildlife Park[/caption]

Dan Charity – The Sun

Ash has taken on Ember’s roles to ensure the cubs are cared for[/caption]


The cubs and their father live at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Ox­fordshire

 

Dan Charity – The Sun

There are five motherless cubs after the tragic death of their mother[/caption]

Assistant curator Chris Kibbey said: “The sight of Ash taking care of the cubs is giving us all cautious hope that Ember’s life was not in vain.

“It really has been quite touching to watch him in action.”

Wolf pup suffers from a case of hiccups
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