How a Rottweiler became surrogate father to an abandoned wolf cub
A true love story unfolded at Kisma Preserve in Mt. Desert, Maine, USA. It all began when 2 young wolves were turned over to the sanctuary, when their owner who had intended to profit from them by using them to breed for wolf hybrids, decided they couldn’t handle them.
The male was only one, and the female was two, and it was thought they both were too young to have babies. Wolves in the wild do not breed until they are at least two years old. So it was a massive shock when the female gave birth. Because of her young age, the mother’s maternal instincts failed to kick in and she ignored the new arrival. Also dad didn’t have a clue what to do and they were really concerned that he might hurt the pup who was named Beldaran.
Ulrok, a fully grown Rottweiler who at 18 months old weighed in at 150lbs, was a rescue dog whose previous owners had imported him from Europe and gave him up when they decided they couldn’t cope with him. But ever since Beldaran’s arrival, Ulrok had been trying to get involved in everything with the wolf pup. He would clean her and when she would whimper he would bound over to make sure she was ok.
Ulrok had such a huge interest in her that they decided he would be their best option for Beldaran. They would bottle feed the wolf pup and Ulrok would be her companion and mother/paternal substitute. It worked out brilliantly, in fact they slept together, played in the sun and even howled at the moon in unison. The duo soon became a huge attraction at the sanctuary.
The staff also made the decision that once Beldaran was full size and could fend for herself, they would gradually introduce her to a group of adult wolves at the park to make sure she stayed all wolf and was not alienated from her own kind. But for the time being it was a perfect match. Dogs and wolves are very similar biologically and they both need strong social ties when they are developing.
They however also felt that the wolf pup’s bond with Ulrok would always be there. After all their time together they would surely never forget each other. It was a true love story that had touched the hearts of everyone who visited the preserve. As Heather stated, “You just can’t be in a bad mood when these two are around. It’s impossible to look at them and not feel good.”