"In 2007, in the village of Patok, Albania, a wolf had been captured from the mountains and was being held in a cage. A villager put a donkey in the cage with the wolf, intending that the donkey should become a live meal… but that didn’t happen.
Instead, the wolf and the donkey became close companions, refusing to harm each other and cohabitating peacefully in the cage. After a flurry of media attention (including a successful petition from Care2), the Albanian government intervened, and the wolf was returned to the wild. The donkey was allowed to live out its life in a comfortable open pasture—and the wolf still passes by sometimes to see him!”

That donkey seems about as likely to kill the wolf than the other way around, donkeys can get incredibly mean towards would be predators and have been known to chase after them and stomp them to death. The people responsible for caging this animal are just stupid all the way around, glad it ended well for the two of them.


Aroooooo! Wolves, wolves, and more wolves!


alaskan gray wolf by lahorstman on Flickr.


Wolves can follow a human’s gaze
When humans turned wolves into dogs, we created a social companion that keys in on our every move and look. That attentiveness was one of the big effects of domestication, some scientists have argued, and a clear difference between the two species. But wolves raised with humans also pay close attention to our actions and even follow our eye gaze, say two researchers. They even pass a gazing test that dogs fail.
The findings “seem to put a big nail in the coffin” of the dog-domestication theory, says Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University in Atlanta who specializes in social cognition. The results should also help researchers better understand the evolution of gazing abilities overall, say the authors of the new study.
Previous studies have concluded that wolves are not interested in human social cues and will not, for example, follow a pointing finger, even if that finger would lead them to food. By contrast, dogs seem to instantly grasp the connection. “For a dog, understanding pointing is a natural thing to do,” says Friederike Range, a cognitive ethologist at the University of Vienna and the lead author of the new study. “But how important is pointing to a wolf naturally?”
Because it’s not possible to test wild wolves’ abilities to follow a person’s gaze, Range and her co-author, Zsófia Virányi, a cognitive ethologist at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn, Austria, hand-raised nine wolf pups born in captivity. The pups were separated from their mothers 10 days after birth and bottle- and hand-fed for their first 5 months of life. In the ensuing months, the wolves continued to have daily social contact with humans and five adult dogs of various breeds, with which they developed close relationships. Like trainers raising dog puppies, the scientists gave the wolf pups intensive obedience training, teaching them to sit, lie down, roll over, and look into a person’s eyes.
When the pups were 14 weeks old, Range and Virányi tested their ability to follow the gaze of a person who turned her head and looked into the distance. Six of the pups passed, turning to look in the same direction only seconds after the person did. And at 23 weeks old, all the pups passed the test, the team reports online today in PLoS ONE.
Picture by Friederike RangeSource



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date a boy who’s a wolf. not figuratively a wolf literally date a fucking wolf. wolves are strong and cute and have powerful jaws for crushing the bones of men who harass you on the street. wolves are better than men in every respect. have you ever seen a man kill an elk with his teeth, howl at the moon, run at speeds of 35 mph. wolves CANNOT call you slurs

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butneverdestroyed: 1.) Your dog is gorgeous. 2.) Your pictures of your dog are gorgeous 3.) Can you tell me more about Motyka? What are the percentages of his breeding? How's his behavior? It's been a life-long desire of mine to own a wolf / husky / wolfdog hybrid, but I'm nervous about keeping a potentially aggressive / territorial canine in a home with other animals / children. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures you post / reblog.


First of all, thanks for the compliments! I never imagined that any of my posts would take off quite like they have!

Second, I’d be happy to share with you my experiences and trials; I think it’s high time I had something of this sort on my blog so I’m publishing this. 

As for the “percentage” of wolf in Motyka: any wolfdog breeder/owner who claims to know the exact percentage of wolf in a dog is full of shit. (I was guilty of this for a while because I was pretty young and uneducated when I got him and so was the person I got him from). Anyone who truly knows their stuff about wolfdogs will instead use the terms “low content”, “mid-content” or “high content”. I was told that Motyka was mid to high content, but I know now that he is a low content dog. 

As far as behavior is concerned, wolfdogs are a total pain in the ass. There’s no other way to put it. Before Motyka hit 2 years of age, I was pretty much convinced I’d never be able to leave him alone in the house because he was incredibly destructive even with adequate exercise. (And, I should mention, “adequate exercise” was 6+ hours of solid running every single day when he was younger!) I was spending 12 hours a day with him, first running him for 6+ hours, then using the rest of the day for training. I have distinct memories of passing out on the couch from tiredness after this and he’d still be running laps of the living room. If this sounds insane, that’s because it IS - I would strongly advise that you do not get a dog you can’t keep up with! There will be days you’ll have wanted to sleep in, or not be feeling well, but you have to remember that a dog like this is as full time a job as any other and they do not take days off!

Aggression can be a problem with any dog that isn’t kept in check, but wolfdogs are supremely intelligent and know damn well that you’ll be intimidated if they bare their teeth at you. Motyka displayed dominant/aggressive behavior towards me on occasion for a period of about 14 months. After we hit the 2 year mark, (2 years of solid, consistent training) he no longer tests me and we live comfortably together.

I’d say if you’re worried about these things, you’re just being realistic. I would not suggest keeping a dog like this in a house with children under the age of 16. Cats, small dogs, birds, etc. should be considered prey animals, because most wolfdogs will treat them as such. We got our cats after Motyka was over a year old, and we introduced them slowly. We ended up lucky and things were OK, though I’d not suggest bringing a wolfdog into a home where small animals are already present. If you had to rehome a cat/bird/ferret because of your new dog, that wouldn’t be very fair to them.

My final points are as follows: is it in the dog’s best interest for you to have him or her? Can you devote the time, energy and patience needed to accommodate such a destructive and potentially aggressive animal on a full-time basis? Do you have a good grasp on dog training concepts and methods? Are you informed about how to avoid/curb aggressive behavior? If such behaviors escalated beyond your control, would you be able to afford a true professional’s help? Perhaps most importantly, do you know what constitutes a reputable professional?

Lots of questions, but each and every one is important and should be thought about at length. I believe that any commitment one makes to an animal should last the duration of that animal’s natural life — in other words, if you get in over your head, it’s not the shelter’s problem; it’s yours!

I hope this has been helpful!


Another way to celebrate 20,000 followers: 'funny wolves'-contests!
How can I participate? I’ll leave you guys a picture. It’s up to you to come up with a funny caption for it, or quotes of what the wolves are saying. Send your contribution to my inbox. I will pick the funniest and publish them. NOTE: When you send in something anonymous, I can’t mention your name when I pick you as the winner. 
Above is the first picture. Good luck, make us laugh! 
(and here the clear picture):

Photographer Lassi Rautiainen recently captured the profound partnership between a she-wolf and a brown bear in the wilds of northern Finland. For days, he witnessed the strange pair meet every evening to share food after a hard day of hunting. No one knows when or how this relationship was formed, “but it is certain that by now each of them needs the other.” 
(via la Republica, photo: IBERPRESS)


Howling Wolf, c. 500-200 BC, Southern Siberia.
Found here.