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Litter of wolf cubs emerges after downpour

Credit: Jackie Thomas

Cotswold Wildlife Park is celebrating the birth of its first ever litter of five Eurasian Wolf cubs.

First-time parents Ash and Ember joined the collection in October 2016 as part of a European breeding programme.

Mammal keepers weren't expecting the pair to produce cubs quite so soon (as Wolves can take a long time to bond - added to the fact that females only come into season once a year).

The newborns are an unexpected but very welcome addition.

Credit: Jackie Thomas

Keepers only discovered the cubs after mother Ember moved her litter out from the underground birthing den following a particularly heavy downpour one night.

They took shelter above ground under a tree which is when keepers saw the cubs for the very first time.

Credit: Jackie Thomas