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Wednesday, May 5, 1999 Published at 10:18 GMT 11:18 UK


Wolf cubs born in Britain

European wolves are hard to tame

A wolf has given birth to six cubs believed to be the first European wolves to be bred in Britain for 250 years.

A wolf called Luna gave birth at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham, Berkshire, but sadly one of the six died.

The remaining five are thought to be doing well.

Luna is fiercely protective of them, but the owners are hoping to give them a thorough check-up later in the day.

The challenge which now faces the trust is to tame the new cubs, because the European wolves by nature are much shyer than their North American counterparts.

But if all goes to plan, when they are big enough, the trust hopes to take the cubs to local shows and schools. They aim to disprove the myth that wolves are the big, bad and dangerous foe that history would have us believe.

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