Spring has finally
shown it's lovely face at Wolf Timbers. The trees are lush with
green leaves, the flowers fragrant with blossoms and Nira is in
need of a hairstylist. Now is the time the wolves shed their thick
winter coats. Unfortunately, in Nira's case, this leaves him looking
like a large wooly mammoth. This has also made him a little cranky,
due to the humid conditions and shedding fur. He is one itchy wolf.
All of this will get better with time, as spring progresses to summer
and the remainder of fur is shed. Most of the fur on his lower torso
has been shed, leaving behind an impressive "mane" surrounding
his upper shoulders and chest. There is a large "striped"
area down the middle of his back that has lost the winter fur. This
gives him a rather strange appearance. Nira remains the Alpha of
the pack, showing his dominance over Ingo whenever the youngster
steps beyond the boundary line that only a wolf can determine. Despite
Nira's scruffy appearance, he is in other wise perfect health. The
last time Nira was weighed, he measured in at around 110 pounds.
All of his vaccinations are up to date. He continues to have a large
appetite and enjoys the occasional treats such as; apples, dog biscuits
and sardines. Recently, Nira and the other two wolves celebrated
their birthdays. All of the wolves at Wolf Timbers were born in
April. Nira's birthday is April 9th, 1997. Wolf Timbers celebrated
by having a party. The Wolf Birthday Eggstravaganza was held on
April 22nd and all sponsors and the public where invited. The highlight
was when the wolves indulged in their "birthday cakes".
The cakes were made from frozen chicken broth mixed with ground
cooked deer meat and topped with melted vanilla ice cream and hot
dogs. Nira really seemed to enjoy this cool, tasty treat! Wolf Timbers
officially opened its season on May 6th. Prior to this, we have
been very busy with several school tours. The school children come
to Wolf Timbers to meet the wolves as well as listen to an educational
program. Nira is always on hand and ready to help out for a program.
He is usually one of the first of the three wolves to greet the
children as they enter the compound and have a seat on the bleachers.
Ever curious, you may notice Nira sniffing the air or even rubbing
up against the enclosure fence in order to catch some of the interesting
smells coming from the other side. All of us at Wolf Timbers thank
you for your sponsorship of Nira. Because of you, we are able to
care for him and help keep him healthy and content. We invite you
to visit him this year and get a personal glimpse of this noble,