12th October 2019
We all arrived carrying wellies and waterproofs due to the nonstop rain! When we were open to the public it was very rare to cancel a walk and just in case you were wondering, we still go out with the wolves in all weathers!
It was good to see Mosi and Torak standing close together when I arrived. Her medication has been reduced and she seemed more her old self.
Instead of getting the Beenhams into the holding enclosure before the walk, today it was decided to bring them onto the hard standing from their main enclosure. This is an exercise that fails mostly and today was no exception. All 3 wolves played and jumped around and showed zero interest in us and the hard standing. We went into the enclosure but they were too busy chasing and running around each other and paying attention to everything else, except us. We came back onto the hard standing and Sean went off to get some fish to entice them into the holding area as they tend to come onto the hard standing willingly from there. Cammie went in to open the holding area gate while all 3 wolves came and stood quietly behind her, waiting. As soon as the gate was open, in they went all calm and well behaved. Sean gave them the fish and as soon as we opened up the hard standing, in they trotted. It seems we were being told, no fish, no walk!
Despite the rain, we had a great walk with Tundra, Tala and Nuka. Only Tala rolled around in something smelly today. Once we got to the bottom field, the church bells started and soon enough all 3 wolves were singing their song in tune to the bells. We all love to stand quietly listening to them as the sound goes straight into you. There was plenty of time for all 3 to have lots of fusses with us with Nuka falling over at any opportunity to get a belly rub.
After the walk we made a big fuss of the Arctics who were excited to see us and we then went back into the dry for our lunch.
After we were all fed and watered, we took Mai out who was eager to explore. She took an unusual interest in the tractor, rubbing herself all around the front wheels which is more like Nuka’s preference! Upon closer inspection, we realised the tyres were new. Nuka also loves new rubber which is great fun for him when he finds someone wearing new wellies!
Mai had a good walk all around the big field and then, as is her usual way, marched everyone back to her enclosure where Motomo and the Arctics were waiting. True to form, she ignored Motomo, ran over to the Arctics and ran all the way up the fencing with them and Motomo in hot pursuit. Later Motomo could be seen sniffing her all over, wondering why she was giving off a strange aroma.
While there was a brief dry spell, we took the tortoises outside and they enjoyed a walk and quite a long time munching on clover. I cleaned up their pen and noticed how cosy it was in there now the heat lamp is coming on for them. We prepared their food which they completely ignored when they were back in their pen, having filled themselves up on clover.
Having prepared all the food for the wolves, we fed them and noted down who was hungry, very hungry and not so hungry.
The rain started again, but we went in to Tundra, Tala and Nuka’s enclosure for some quality time with them. Nuka, unusually for him gave a few of us the head rubbing treatment, which we noted was stronger than the girls’ head rubs. He had a go at bouncing around on the platform wanting us to play. Once he realised he wasn’t getting anywhere with that idea, he launched himself off the platform, over my head, using my back as leverage with one of his front paws. Then he was gone, leaving the 2 girls to get some more fusses from us.
Before the heavy rain came, we reluctantly left them and all headed home. It was a great day in the company of wolves.
Update and most photos by Eve, Tala photo by Matt.
Arctics, Mai, Tala and the Beenhams