Things I am grateful for #39/365

Wolves.

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I used to be a wolf.

In a past life.

A grey one – obviously.

I lived in a snowy clime.

My pack and I made our home in a cave atop a mountain.

I would sit outside, my thick fur covered in snow, wind whistling about my ears – watching, through squinted eyes, for a threat.

Obviously, I’m kidding.

I was never a wolf.

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I was a cheeky little monkey.

Okay, some facts about wolves:

They live in North America, Eurasia and North Africa. And are about the size of a German Shepherd. But look bigger because they have much thicker fur.

All domestic dogs descend from wolves. Fact. (Yes, even those scutty little ones.)

Domestic dogs’ eyes open much earlier than wolves, so they have more senses with which to explore the world. Hence, ‘blind’ wolves rely on smell at a much earlier age. Ergo, smell is much more of a powerful sense than vision. A wolf doesn’t ‘see’ you – it smells you.

Wolves are family oriented and couples are monogamous. They tend to comprise of a ma and pa, a couple of elder siblings, a range of middlings and a few pups. Somewhere between eight and forty depending on how buff the pappy is and how big their terrain is.

Wolves are different, in that, the alpha male isn’t usually challenged by an offspring for supremacy. It’s invariably from a lone wolf who has been outcast from another group.

Wolves, after bringing down a prey, let their kids eat first. Similar to leopards, but unlike lions.

A lone wolf will not attack humans*.

*Okay, they will attack humans if, a) their cubs are in danger; b) you are between them and food; c) you are alone.

If you come across a lone wolf, the chances are, it will bow its head and give you a wide berth. Then again, don’t get too comfy, ‘cause it might just be going back to get the clan.

Lone wolves attack things smaller than themselves. So you should be okay. (Remember, you are the equivalent to a bear to them.)

Never fear a lone wolf – they hunt in packs. Make a big noise, flap your hands in the air, hopefully it will run off.

(Unless you’re near its young.) If it isn’t backing away, you back away – very slowly. This will assuage her/him. They don’t want to eat you – just for you to go away.

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Wolves get a lot of bad press due to the whole werewolf thing, a folklore which developed in Europe during the middle ages. But other cultures, such as Native Americans, revere them.

Anyways, I think they’re cool.

They’re even thinking of reintroducing them to parts of Scotland. I hope they do.

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