Wolves bring “toys” to their babies in Yellowstone National Park

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Adult wolves have been caught on camera being the best parents and carrying “toys” for their pups into their dens.

Scientists at Yellowstone National Park have documented how the wolves from the Mollie pack brought some interesting objects to their babies over time.

“Pups wait for food deliveries from successful hunts, but when there is no food, adults bring ‘toys,'” the park said in a statement opinion.

This instinct to bring the ‘toys’ is likely to be reinforced by evolution, preventing adult wolves from being harassed by ‘sharp puppy teeth’.

According to Yellowstone National Park, wolf packs typically have four to five cubs in their litter each year. By October, most puppies are big enough to travel with the pack.

“Pups that survive the winter have learned to help the pack hunt large prey such as elk and bison, and will help raise the pack’s next litter of pups — providing food and sometimes toys,” he said Park.

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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