Rare white wolves arrive in Combe Martin

Having a good look around in her new home.

Having a good look around in her new home. - Credit: Archant

Hudson Bay wolves settle into their new home at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park after arriving on Thursday.

The two white wolves in their new home.

The two white wolves in their new home. - Credit: Archant

TWO white wolves are settling into their new home at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park after arriving on Thursday.

Dinnertime with an unlucky rabbit...

Dinnertime with an unlucky rabbit... - Credit: Archant

The rare two-year-old female Hudson Bay wolves were transferred from Heathrow by Specialist Wildlife Re-homing Services after being flown over from Eastern Europe.

The park stepped in to offer them a home after they had been ousted from their pack and so far the newest additions to the attraction seem happy with their new surroundings.

Park director Dawn Gilbert said they were very calm when they arrived and were enjoying exploring their new enclosure.


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“They have even been swimming in the pool, as this is the first time they have had water in an enclosure apart from a water bowl, so they are loving it,” she said.

“We are really excited to have these white wolves living here on the park along with our European wolves because it gives us the opportunity to educate our visitors on the different habitats and environments that wolves live in and how they adapt to their different surroundings.”

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Now an endangered species, after being heavily hunted in previous centuries for their pelts, it is hoped the white wolves at Combe Martin can in time become part of a breeding programme when a male can be found.

The park is thought to be only the second collection in the UK to have white wolves on display, with the other being in Lincolnshire.

Hudson Bay wolves originate from Alaska, central and north eastern Canada, and the western United States, sometimes migrating south with the caribou.

* Click on the link to the top right of this story to view more pictures of the wolves arriving and enjoying their new home.

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