6.14.2010

more birthday celebrations: wolf pups at jungle cat world

We're going back to Jungle Cat World today. And we're meeting these guys!








There's something wrong about humans touching and playing with wolves, something wrong about a wolf in captivity. It makes me uncomfortable. But I understand that there's a need for this, if species are going to survive. Jungle Cat World does a lot of education and conservation work, and they take very good care of their animals.

One of these lucky boys will be a mate for Bianca, the Arctic Wolf who honoured us with her howl on our first visit.


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These photos of the new wolf pups are by the wildlife photographer WildByDesign. If you like them, I hope you'll visit his Deviant Art page. If you click on Gallery, you can sort by type of animal. I risk becoming obsessed with his wolves and foxes page. His work is amazing.





My post about our first trip to Jungle Cat World (with some photos and links to more) is here.

An update on the animals we saw there is here.

14 comments:

Amy said...

Great photos---but I am looking forward to seeing yours! Have a great time.

Stephanie said...

These guys are stunning...oh those eyes!

I agree that ideally they should remain free and that this is a necessary measure for their conservation. Yet looking at these photos makes me just want to cuddle these little guys. It takes a really special type to know and to not cross the requisite boundaries!!

Have a fabulous outing...looking forward to the report (with more pics pls. :p)

David Cho said...

The Arctic Wolf looks like Talia.

impudent strumpet said...

OMG PUPPIES! Fluffy! And blue eyes! And little snouts!

With all the very specific dog breeding that happens, I'm surprised no one has bred dogs that look like that even in adulthood.

L-girl said...

I was wondering when Imp Strump would show up to ZOMG PUPPIES. It's my reaction completely.

Yes, Tala looks like a miniature arctic wolf.

The wolf puppies were SO MUCH FUN. More when I can!

jj said...

Oh, that arctic wolf looks just like my old dog Loki (he was 3/4 arctic wolf). Beautiful!

Thanks for the gorgeous pics.

Cornelia said...

So cute!

Cornelia said...

And I'm so glad Jungle Cat World helps with vital conservation work and the people over there take very good care of their animals. I mean, since dogs originally stem from wolves, I don't find it surprising that they can be tamed...

Cornelia said...

If Alsatians and Huskies mate, their young will probably look very similar to wolves, right? And I think those cuties at Jungle Cat World are so tame because the people who work there take such good care of them. Also as regards regular small kitties, you can get them to become so kind and tame just by being kind to them and take very good care of them. And I do see an important correlation there...At our zoo over here, for example, the water buffalos (that come originally from Asia and are similar to cows) do come to the fence for hugs and some pats and stroking and cuddling with me when they feel like it...and if not, some other time again when I am around and they are in a cuddly mood again, haha! Re: some animals that are less than kind and tame, I am no more suprised over this when I see what kind of people they live with!!

L-girl said...

I mean, since dogs originally stem from wolves, I don't find it surprising that they can be tamed...

Just FYI, wolves actually can't be tamed or domesticated.

The pups at JCW are hand-raised, so the wolves will be used to people and not threatened by them, and will accept humans as where their food comes from. But they are still wild animals, in captivity.

Tens of thousands of years separates dogs from wolves. Dogs are descended from wolves, and they share canine characteristics, but wolves will always be wild.

Cornelia said...

Sorry Laura. Thanks for the info. I don't know that much about wolves!

L-girl said...

If Alsatians and Huskies mate, their young will probably look very similar to wolves, right?

They do! In fact, they look very like my dog Tala. :) She is a Husky-Shepherd (what we call Alsatians here) cross, and she is very wolf-like in appearance.

BUT the remarkable thing is, she is no closer to a wolf than any other dog. A Chihuahua and a Great Dane and a Golden Retriever and a Lhasa Apso all have more in common, genetically speaking, than any dog does with a wolf. Only the tiniest bit of genetic difference separates all breeds of dogs, but the wolf is a completely different species. Interesting, isn't it? :)

Cornelia said...

Wow, yeah!

The Neils said...

I need one of these pups to be my YouTube pic!