The story goes that the mayor of Tønsberg was traveling and found himself in Rome, where he saw the statue and liked it so much he decided to bring one back to his hometown.
The original Capitoline Wolf, or Lupa Capitolina in Italian, was long thought to be an Etruscan work of the fifth century B.C., with the twins added much later. More recent analysis of the statue has shown that it was likely cast as a single piece, and may have been created as recently as the Middle Ages. The image of the Capitoline Wolf was favored by Benito Mussolini, a dictator who cast himself as the founder of a “New Rome” and gifted a number of replicas of the statue that are still on display around the world.
In Tønsberg, the statue is mostly famous within the city for when one evening the twin babies were stolen from their adopted mother. Eventually the brothers were returned, and are secured in place by cement to dissuade potential vandals.