Cute alert as pups come out to play

Love at first bite: These adorable dingo pups are at Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside. Open 9am-5pm daily. Picture: Gary Warrick

Love at first bite: These adorable dingo pups are at Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside. Open 9am-5pm daily. Picture: Gary Warrick

IT'S a case of puppy love times seven at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Seven dingo pups born at the Doonside attraction five weeks ago have made their public debut.

It was the ninth litter for resident dingoes Tia and Red, who will now retire from breeding.

The public have been invited to name the pups through a Facebook competition. One has already been called Smudge because of its facial markings.

The pups have started to explore their surroundings outside their den and play-fighting with their dad while developing their own personalities.

"They're like the seven dwarfs," marketing manager Kellie Ames said.

"There's one who's grumpy and another who's always sleepy."

Visitors will soon have a chance to pat the pups during daily 3.15pm feeding sessions.

The pups made their media debut last week when they appeared on Channel Nine's Today Show with British singer Sam Smith.

They will be relocated to new homes as part of a managed captive breeding program when they're old enough to leave mum and dad.

Dwindling numbers in the wild means zoos and wildlife parks are one of the few places left in Australia where people can see a pure-bred dingo.

Pups aren't the only new arrivals at Featherdale.

There are also baby lambs, koalas and an albino wallaby.

Featherdale will soon welcome penguin chicks while long-term resident Ngukurr, a 4.5 metre saltwater crocodile, will return from his winter hiatus in September.

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