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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Two gray wolf pups have arrived at the Western North Carolina Nature Center and should soon be available for the public to see.

The 6-week-old animals will join the center's lone remaining gray wolf, Shalimar, in the exhibit, Director Chris Gentile said.

"They are so awesome," he said.

The pups were brought in to replace the center's male wolf, Cody, which had cancer and had to be euthanized in April.

Wolves are very social animals, and the center didn't want Shalimar, a female, to be alone, Gentile said. The pups came from a wolf breeding facility in Bozeman, Montana.

The pups will have to spend at least a month in quarantine, he said.

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