A camera trap has captured the moment a young wolf cub born at Camperdown Wildlife Centre appeared to the public for the first time.
The zoo in Dundee unexpectedly witnessed the arrival of two rare European grey wolf cubs after their parents successfully mated just two months after arriving at the zoo.
The footage shows the young cub popping out of the den at the bottom left of the clip while it’s mother walks past. A child witnesses the scene unfolding and shouts “Aww, there’s little babies round here.”
The adult wolves were known to have already settled in well in their new surroundings although even staff have been surprised that they have successfully begun breeding so quickly.
It was hoped they would contribute to the European breeding programme although the earliest this was expected to be was next year. The new additions are expected to be very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Bradly Yule, Network Manager at Camperdown Wildlife Centre said: “We are very excited to see our European wolves with cubs, this is an important event in the role of our zoo and these pups will enhance the population.
“They will also serve as ambassadors to help reduce the pressure on wild environments where these wolves come from. The first time parents have taken to parenthood extremely well and have adopted comfortable roles in upbringing their cubs.
“Our male, Loki, has been feeding and sharing food with female, Aurora, who has been carefully rearing her young.”