Aspen was born to Timber and Wotan in 2017. There were five puppies raised at Wolf Park that year. Instead of joining an existing pack, Aspen, Máni, Niko, Sparrow, and Khewa were raised to be a new ‘puppy-pack’, and they’ve been a happy group so far.
Aspen was a large and laid-back pup during his first summer, and remained amiable even into winter. He ended up the lowest ranking of the males, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering him. He likes to start games of ‘keep-away’, and sometimes deliberately annoys Niko to see how far he can push him. He enjoys hanging around people, but not necessarily interacting with them.
The park has a rowboat which photographers like to use to photograph the wolves standing on the shore of the lake. Aspen was the first puppy to ride in the boat, and he loved it. Photo groups often ended up with Aspen and Máni riding out on the lake with them.