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Wolf conservation center welcomes new pup

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, June 6, 2014, 6:50 PM - Look at that face! It's easy to see why Nikai the wolf pup is captivating people in Salem, NY.

The seven-week, old, ten pound baby is settling into his new home at the Wolf Conservation Center.

His name, Nikai, means little saint and one who wanders -- and we can see both characteristics in this adorable little guy!

Caretakers at the centre expect he'll be able to interact with the public later this summer once he's received his vaccinations.


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"Not only is he very comfortable with people so far, and pretty good on a leash, which amazes me, but he is also doing very well in the van," WCC Executive Director Maggie Howell told local media.

Apparently Nikai loves the camera already -- which is rare for wild animals.

Nikai is a mix of the Canadian/Rocky Mountain grey wolf. 

He'll remain at the conservancy for the rest of his life. During that time, he'll help teach the public about the wide variety of wolf subspecies and the important role they play in the ecosystem.

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