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Wolf cub pack arrives in UK

Wolf puppies
Image caption The wolves were born in Sweden and have been named after musicians including Elvis, Moby, Sting and Lemmy

A pack of wolf cubs has been imported to the UK as part of an ongoing move to reintroduce the animals into the wild.

The European wolves travelled from Sweden and are settling into their new home at Wildwood Escot Park, Devon.

The 10-month old cubs are also being studied by scientists to compare their behaviour to domestic dogs.

If wolves are reintroduced to the wild in Britain, it is likely to be in northern Scotland and may not happen for several years.

Image caption The wolves are being studied to compare their behaviour to that of domestic dogs

Christina Hansen-Wheat is from Stockholm University and travelled with a team to Devon to help the wolves adjust.

She said: "We are interested in looking at how behaviours have changed as we domesticated the wolf.

"So we are comparing dog puppies and wolf puppies."

George Hyde, park manager at Wildwood Escot, said: "There's been an ongoing conversation for years already and not just relating to wolves.

"There's also a similar conversation with regard to lynx.

"They all play a role in the ultimate re-wilding of the countryside in the the UK."

The wolves will spend a few months in quarantine meaning they are not easily viewable by the public.

Mr Hyde: "Visitors may catch a glimpse of them through the trees, and if they don't see the wolves they can rest assured the wolves will see them."

Wolves used to roam in the wild in Britain. The last one is thought to have been shot in the 18th Century.

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