Wolf cubs by numbers

A run down on wolf cubs

1.5 kilograms

The average weight that a male cub gains per week in the first 14 weeks of life

63 days

The number of days a female wolf if pregnant

3 weeks

The pups start to venture outside of the den

12 weeks

Pups are fully weaned and start feeding on meat

8-16 weeks

Their eyes change from baby blue to golden yellow in colour

4-6 months

Cubs gain their winter fur which will keep them warm during winter

4753245436_57188ecc96_z

Denning

A den is an underground hole or cave that shelters the wolf and her cubs from the weather and provides protections against predators. The expectant mother will construct a den during the summer, often using natural structures in rocks, banks or by renovating the burrows of smaller animals, making them roomy enough for a litter of pups. During the cubs’ first few weeks, the other will stay by their side, so the dens will be built no more than 500m (1,640ft) from a water source so she can drink, while the other pack members will hunt and deliver the food. The den will also be built south-facing so that it gets sufficient sun exposure, keep the area warmer and snow-free for her little cubs.

Also:

You can identify a wolf from its howl

Five amazing facts about dire wolves

Are coyotes as bad as they seem?

12274293_717408725027324_913647651221046030_n

Don’t want to miss out? Become a digital reader today, order back issues, or subscribe for a great deal.

Find us on facebook here: search and on twitter here: search to keep in touch and up to date.