Wolf Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Every living thing or organism goes through stages of life known as a life cycle. In this lesson, you'll learn about the life cycle of a wolf, beginning with the gestation period and ending with adulthood.

Life Cycle of a Wolf

If you've ever had or even met a puppy, you may already be aware of how much work it takes to care for it. As a puppy gets bigger, it goes through a number of different sizes and develops new abilities as it becomes an adult dog. Now what if I told you that both puppies and people go through a life cycle, or a circular series of changes in life, just like a wolf?

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  • 0:03 Life Cycle of a Wolf
  • 0:28 Stage 1: Gestation
  • 1:01 Stage 2: Wolf Pup
  • 1:44 Stage 3: Juveniles
  • 2:10 Stage 4: Adult Wolf
  • 2:44 Lesson Summary
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Stage 1: Gestation

The first life cycle stage of a wolf begins in its mother's womb, just like you. The womb is where the wolf begins growing inside its mother's belly. This period lasts between 60 and 63 days. During the gestation period, body parts form, including the eyes, nose, head, arms, legs, and so on. While the baby wolf is growing inside its mother's womb, his or her parents hunt for or dig a den. A den is a wild animal's hidden habitat, such as a cave or a hole in the ground.

Stage 2: Wolf Pup

Wolf pups are usually born in a litter, or a group of baby animals, four to six at a time. They're born with their eyes shut and usually weigh around one pound. It takes about 10-14 days for wolf pups' eyes to open. Can you imagine not being able to see for ten days?

Wolf pups' grow at a very fast rate. At two weeks, wolf pups are able to walk around, although clumsily. By three weeks, they venture out of the den for the first time. Around this time, wolf pups' ears open and they begin to hear.

Between five and ten weeks, wolf pups learn to socialize and identify other members of the wolf pack. They also learn to play, hunt, and even pretend fight with their litter mates.

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