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Wolves in need of towels to shred

Hand-reared wolf eating ice cream
The park's hand-reared wolves like to shred towels and eat ice cream

Wolves being kept in an enclosure at a wildlife park in Kent are in need of more supplies of their favourite play item - towels.

Keepers at Wildwood, near Canterbury, hang towels around the enclosure for two hand-reared wolves, Nadja and Mishka, to get their teeth into.

Once the pair have finished with the fabric they "do not leave much other than shredded material," keepers said.

The park has appealed to members of the public to donate their cast-offs.

'Very intelligent'

Nadja and Mishka, who were bred in captivity and fed by humans while young, are used to interacting with humans, and have their own enclosure.

The park also has a wild pack of wolves in another enclosure.

Bred in captivity and with very little contact with humans, the wild wolves are shy animals that prefer to stay away from people.

Keeper Judy Dunn said: "Wolves are very intelligent and need a lot to keep them interested.

"It is part of my job to find ways to enrich their lives as much as possible.

"Playing with towels is one of those ways."

She said Wildwood goes through a lot of towels because the main wolf pack likes to play with them too.

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