GROWING UP FAST
A female Ethiopian wolf gives birth in a den, usually in a rocky crevice or under a boulder. At first the pups are blind, lack teeth and have sparsely furred, dark grey or black coats. They depend on their mother for milk until they are three to four weeks old and ready to leave the den. Over the following six weeks the pups survive on milk, supplemented by meat regurgitated by the adults in the pack.
The youngsters practice hunting skills such as stalking and pouncing by playing with older pack members. At 10 weeks of age they are weaned off milk and survive entirely on meat provided by the adults. By the time they are six months old they must be able to hunt for themselves.
Pups are born with dark grey fur, but start moulting into their adult coloration when they emerge from the den after three weeks
Two siblings indulge in some rough and tumble. At six months old they join adults on hunting patrols