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A soggy Saturday

22nd September 2018

A soggy Saturday



Rain or shine, life goes on at the Trust. The 22nd saw plenty of rain, but it didn't bother the wolves - it never does! Over a dozen volunteers had put their names down and each was greeted by Mosi. Although she no longer sees the public, she continues to check out the volunteers as they arrive. Torak as usual kept a keen eye on arrivals, too, as he's always keen to come out for a walk with his handlers.

There have been some changes to the enclosures, as Mai and Motomo have moved into the Arctics' old enclosure for the winter. We feel Mai will benefit more from the kennels there. The Arctics are temporarily in the holding pen next to Torak and Mosi while work takes place to prepare Mai and Motomo's old enclosure for them.

The Beenhams, as ever, are resident in the lower enclosure. Work such as grass cutting in the enclosures continues, with the aim of keeping the wolves comfortable and safe.

There were enrichment walks for the Beenhams, as well as Torak and Mosi; Mai wasn't interested in coming out, instead preferring to stay with Motomo. Torak, Mosi and the Beenhams, however, enjoyed their walks, with Torak and Mosi both delighting in rolling in smelly stuff! Nuka, meanwhile, was fascinated by the green covering on the hay bales in the lower field, although much as he wanted to he didn't get to take any back with him.

As the Arctics have now moved, the webcam covering their enclosure now shows Mai and Motomo.

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Torak watching the camera Torak watching the camera
The Arctic wolves The Arctic wolves
Motomo Motomo
Enrichment walk for the Beenhams
Tala Tala
Tundra Tundra
Tala Tala shaking herself dry
Nuka in the rain Nuka



A new chapter

8th September 2018

A new chapter



Now that the Trust has closed to the public, the wolves are settling in to their retirement. Enrichment walks still take place at weekends and there's always plenty to be done on site!

The Arctic wolves' enclosure was tidied over the weekend and there was maintenance of the paving slabs we've installed to keep the Arctics' claws in check. The Arctics themselves, in their holding pen, were fascinated by the weeding, hosing and hoeing.

Mosi and Torak, as usual, had seen there were enough handlers to take them for a walk. They were very keen to come out and enjoyed a brisk walk around the back field, down to the stream and back. Walks with Torak and Mosi are usually quick affairs, as despite their advancing years both wolves walk at a fair old pace.

The Beenhams also came out for an enrichment walk, following the route they know so well. Tundra kept looking over her shoulder, seemingly looking out for the crowds which usually accompany the pack. Seeing that it was just the volunteers and the wolves, she frequently took the lead and set a quick pace. Tala wasn't able to get up to any mischief (such as howling, or scent marking with her paws) this time!

Motomo and Mai, meanwhile, were relaxing in their enclosure. Mai remains an elegant wolf and Motomo was never far away from her.

Feeding carried on much as usual, albeit with different timings to before. The wolves are still fed a mixture of chicken and beef at weekends and all seemed to enjoy their meals.

As is usual after a walk, the handlers entered the Beenhams' enclosure for some socialisation. This is one of the things which helps maintain the relationship between handlers and wolves and is something which is enjoyed by wolf and handler alike.

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Mosi and Torak
Feeding time
Tala Tala
Tundra Tundra
Nuka Nuka
Socialisation with the Beenhams
Nuka Nuka
Beenhams Tala and Tundra