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
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
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.
Stage 3: Juveniles
Wolf pups turn into juvenile wolves by the age of three months and begin adventuring out with adult wolves and on their own. By nine months, juvenile wolves have learned how to hunt and capture a small prey of their own. When juvenile wolves reach two years of age, they're ready to mate and reproduce, or make their own wolf pups. Take a minute to think about that: if you were a 2-year-old wolf, you'd be ready to have and take care of your own family.
Stage 4: Adult Wolf
At the age of three years, a wolf is fully mature and classified as an adult. An adult wolf is intelligent, has strong problem-solving skills, and knows how to use the resources around it to survive.
The average life span of a wolf varies greatly, depending on whether or not it lives in captivity or the wild and its health and survival skills. The average life of a wild wolf is between six and eight years. If you and a wolf pup were born on the same day in the same year, by the time you were in the first or second grade, an adult wolf has just about reached the end of its life.
The life cycle of a wolf begins in its mother's womb, known as the gestation period, during which its parents search for a hidden habitat known as a den, just like your parents prepared a home for you. The wolf then progresses through the wolf pup and juvenile stages, when it's ready to find a mate and reproduce. Adult wolves in the final stage of their life cycles live between six and eight years.
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Wolf Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids
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