New grey wolf pack on the prowl in Dublin Zoo
Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30
Dublin Zoo has welcomed eight new arrivals - however they are not of the cuddly variety.
The pack of eight grey wolves are settling into their new home having arrived in Ireland from Osnabruck Zoo in Germany two weeks ago.
The alpha male, alpha female and their six off-spring will be introduced to Dublin Zoo's existing wolf pack over the coming weeks.
Grey wolves - which can actually be any colour from black to white - once lived in the forests of Ireland. However, they were hunted and their habitats destroyed so that the last wild wolf sighting was in Co Carlow in 1786.
Leader of Dublin Zoo's animal care team, Ciarán McMahon said the new pack are "comfortable" and "remain close at all times".