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Call of the wild: Amazing reaction of wolves who come running when woman who befriended them in wood
Daily Mail ^ | 3/29/12 | Anthony Bond

Posted on 03/29/2012 3:12:16 PM PDT by Nachum

They are related to the domestic dog, which many of us live with side-by-side each day.

But despite their friendly relations, wolves are not known for getting on quite so well with humans.

Often living in the wilderness, they are fearsome predators which can bring down animals twice their size.

But as these incredible images show, they clearly have a softer side.

When a woman - known only as Anita - returned to the pack of wolves which she had socialised with for two years they reacted with sheer delight.

As she sat in the snow, the four wolves raced down a hillside towards her - something which would normally strike terror in any human being.

But rather than looking for something to eat, the wolves simply wanted to be reunited with the woman they obviously adore.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: befriended; canids; dogs; wild; wolves; wood; woof
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It was all a very heartwarming, until the wolves growled at each other a little bit...

Vid at link

1 posted on 03/29/2012 3:12:22 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Reminds me of that jack-wipe who used to mess around with bears until one ate him.


2 posted on 03/29/2012 3:16:36 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Nachum

definitely a babe

well, she will be... until the wolves get a bit more hungry

just doesn’t seem smart to me (kept thinking of the monkey woman as i watched that video)


3 posted on 03/29/2012 3:17:59 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Nachum
That's apparently at a zoo in Norway so they are used to people.

If that was the actual wild, those wolves would likely not be near those people....unless there's no deer or caribou. Then you don't want to see them. AWOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Any animal that can take down a moose I respect.

4 posted on 03/29/2012 3:23:29 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: South Hawthorne

Packs of feral dogs are far more dangerous to humans than most wolf packs.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 3:24:40 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

6 posted on 03/29/2012 3:25:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Nachum

Remember wolves became our domestic dog through selection. The ones who tended not to eat the children were permitted to stay around. Of course there were the cultures who ate the wolves, but that’s another story.

As long as both sides remember who they are, everything will be fine. When either side crosses the line a little too much, it will probably be bad for the wolves. The babe is supposed to be smart enough to be more than a wolf,eh.


7 posted on 03/29/2012 3:27:16 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: South Hawthorne
Timothy Treadwell. He also brought his girlfriend with him who became bear food as well.

At least this was at a zoo in Norway. I still don't condone it. I wouldn't want to see a pretty lady get eaten like that.

8 posted on 03/29/2012 3:29:36 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: Nachum

There was some great dominance-submission action there at the end once they got over greeting the woman.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 3:35:24 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Yes, that was his name, Timothy Treadwell, whose last words, sadly, were “HIT IT WITH THE FRYING PA”.


10 posted on 03/29/2012 3:36:45 PM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a known wise-@$$ shooting with you.)
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To: Nachum

Well, for the moment, they loved her for who she was and not for her body. Something to be said for THAT!

:o]


11 posted on 03/29/2012 3:37:38 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If you think health care is expensive now, wait til it's free.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Packs of feral dogs are far more dangerous to humans than most wolf packs.

I agree, but I wouldn't want to tangle with either pack. Wolves are less dangerous only because they avoid people just as much as people avoid them. Even it's close cousin the coyote moves very well without being seen despite being everywhere. I hear them often at night, but rarely see one. Wolves are in my state too, but only in the Upper Peninsula. I've never seen one. Dogs usually don't have a fear of people.

12 posted on 03/29/2012 3:40:12 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: Joe 6-pack; Nachum; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; Lady Jag; PhilDragoo

Wow, that’s amazing to watch, they acted just like happy dogs. It was interesting to watch the little bit of ‘rivalry’ going on to the right of her.


13 posted on 03/29/2012 3:41:01 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Nachum

If you check the ear and tail positions, the two more dominant wolves are asserting themselves over the subordinates.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 3:41:47 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Nachum

It would seem wolves have the same trait as their canine cousins. If you want to know what’s on their mind,check out the tail.


15 posted on 03/29/2012 3:44:51 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366
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We Alaskans refer to him as Timothy Snackwell.

Anytime wild critters become habituated to humans it usualy ends badly for them, unless they’re in a zoo.


16 posted on 03/29/2012 3:55:13 PM PDT by white17x
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To: potlatch

I lurked here for years before I posted, and I remember there was a female Freeper who kept two wolves at home....I think she had raised them from cubs. She had a picture of them on her profile. I wish I could remember her FR name.


17 posted on 03/29/2012 3:58:16 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Nachum

Any time she wants to test the theory that they are wild or tame, she can try stumbling and falling down prone in front of them. If she’s still there after two minutes, they are tame.


18 posted on 03/29/2012 4:10:45 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Darren McCarty
Wild animals develop what is called "human adaptation" after repeated contact with the human species, which makes them appear tame or domesticated or otherwise rendered innocuous. The same thing happened for years with the Yellowstone Bears, who for years were fed from cars and generally treated like they were pets, until a few of them started eating people. It happens with marine mammals at places like Seaworld. It also happens with wolves, deer, and other wildlife.

There is a little-known phenomenon called "instinctive drift," which means that over time instinctive patterns will come to override even well-learned but more superficial behavior patterns. This woman could be in for a very rude surprise some day when she least expects it.

19 posted on 03/29/2012 4:10:52 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: OKSooner; South Hawthorne
Timothy Treadwell Death Video

WARNING - Violent Video!

20 posted on 03/29/2012 4:12:13 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: Steamburg
Remember wolves became our domestic dog through selection.

I remember seeing a National Geographic special on dogs which was quite interesting. part of it involved discussing an ongoing experiment carried out with generations of foxes in Siberia. These foxes were housed in kennels and with each new generation, one group was selected for breeding where the puppies were more comfortable around humans. Another group was selected randomly for breeding. Within about 20 years, the group which had been selected for several generations to be comfortable with people exhibited amazing dog-like behavior. Not only that, the foxes began to take on more dog-like appearance; floppy ears, mottled coats, etc. Pretty interesting to see how quickly these animals could be domesticated.

21 posted on 03/29/2012 4:17:09 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Nachum
So familiarity and typical pack behavior is supposed to mean anybody can walk up to a wild pack of wolves and they're going to be okay?!

Film of wolf mauling at 11:00.

22 posted on 03/29/2012 4:22:26 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Nachum

Waiting until they come running when the dinner bell is ringing.


23 posted on 03/29/2012 4:26:25 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: white17x

It didn’t even badly for the Dutchers.


24 posted on 03/29/2012 4:28:19 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (chirping birds + basket weavers who sit + smile + twiddle their thumbs + toes They're coming to take)
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To: CatherineofAragon

“She had a picture of them on her profile.”

Used Bing to search FR for “my wolves” and found this...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1881102/posts?page=30#30


25 posted on 03/29/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: deks; Shyla

Shyla—that’s her! Thank you.


26 posted on 03/29/2012 4:48:01 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Case in point, hot off the msn.com wire:

Filmmaker John Varty, so famed for his daring close-ups of big cats that he's been called "Tiger Man of Africa" and titled his autobiography "Nine Lives," was brutally mauled by a tiger at his own Tiger Canyons reserve.

27 posted on 03/29/2012 4:49:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steamburg
As long as both sides remember who they are, everything will be fine. When either side crosses the line a little too much, it will probably be bad for the wolves. The babe is supposed to be smart enough to be more than a wolf,eh.

When wolves get hungry they eat each other. According to Dr. L. David Mech, 60% of the wolf deaths in Denali National Park are due to cannibalism. There are cases in which wolves have extirpated themselves.

The other remaining major wolf control is rabies.

28 posted on 03/29/2012 4:55:43 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Not necessarily true. NatGeo had a wonderful special about the return to wolves out west, and a man and woman were with the pack for over a year. They returned over a year after leaving, and were greeted in the exact same manner as the lady in this video. The wolves even howled with excitement.


29 posted on 03/29/2012 4:57:24 PM PDT by rintense
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To: Nachum

All animals have a capacity to accept other creatures into their pecking order. As part of being accepted into a pecking order testing will come. How will she react to it when a wolf tries to kill her to take her place? As the last dog in the pecking order, will she bring in the food and wait until last to eat? Try stopping this routine and see what happens.


30 posted on 03/29/2012 5:48:36 PM PDT by trailboss800
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To: Nachum

I dunno. Some think those might have wolfie kisses, I think they were marinating her...


31 posted on 03/29/2012 6:04:43 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBBP Mob Justice!)
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To: sten

wolf whisperer.....

until they eat her of course


32 posted on 03/29/2012 6:07:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: South Hawthorne

My thoughts exactly. Animal can be domesticated, tame, or habituated. Only domesticated predators are “safe” for humans to be around and the process takes many generations of selective breeding. Tame animals can be docile for years but their wild instincts can re-assert themselves at any moment without warning (ask all the victims of tame chimp attacks) and animals like these wolves that have merely become habituated to the presence of a human, and don’t accept her as a dominant pack member? A tragedy waiting to happen


33 posted on 03/29/2012 6:12:45 PM PDT by Lex Gabba
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To: Darren McCarty

had a friend who lived in the “Uptown” neighborhood in Chicago (just down the street from Al Capone’s famous bar, “the Green Mill”) his 3 flat was smack dab in the most urban part of Chicago, but it overlooked a graveyard, and on moonlight nights you could easily see the thriving pack of coyotes that graveyard hosted. It was easily a dozen +


34 posted on 03/29/2012 6:18:34 PM PDT by Lex Gabba
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To: CatherineofAragon

Oh my gosh Catherine!! My heart just skipped a few beats because I was startled when I read your comment. I almost posted your EXACT words earlier on this thread. I remember exactly what you do and couldn’t remember the Freepers name either.

I remember that she and I even talked about her ‘wolf-dogs’ at one point. Maybe someone will see our posts and remember. Thanks for posting this.


35 posted on 03/29/2012 7:02:00 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: deks; CatherineofAragon

Just saw deks post about Shyla! So glad someone remembered and I see her page still has the pictures. Thanks to both of you.


36 posted on 03/29/2012 7:07:20 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Nachum

If she really cared about the wolves she wouldn’t have socialized with them and made them comfortable around humans which are their biggest threat in nature. Everyone wants to feel special and unique I guess. Even if it means putting animals (and their own well being), at risk.

Another libtard who thinks everyone should think like him.

Wolves are very much like us - some of them decided to stick around and become dogs. Like us - those of us who are still really like our ancestors, they are great hunters and social animals/

I think its kind of moving.


37 posted on 03/29/2012 7:28:37 PM PDT by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: sten

Wolves are neither monkeys nor bears. They can be tamed but not domesticated - unless one wants to wait several hundred generations.

A wolf is an undomesticated dog.


38 posted on 03/29/2012 7:30:17 PM PDT by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: Nachum

And the wee-wee spots. LOL 1 in front of her (submission display? or just incidental leaking being full during excitement?) and another where the 1 wolf had the other in a roll.


39 posted on 03/29/2012 7:30:54 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Sorry, 90% of all statistics are fabricated to make the statement look smart. It sounds bad out of context, but starvation is a function of the available range carrying capacity.
It’s kind of like the biggest danger to the black bear population is black bears. Of course, there is some validity in that because the carrying capacity of the range is limited. Wolf is not the preferred diet of the wolf.
On the other hand there are strong arguments that man killing man is the most natural behavior.


40 posted on 03/29/2012 7:31:52 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: rintense

That surprises me, even if it’s at Yellowstone, and especially if it isn’t. Wolves are similar in some ways to “wild Malamutes” (and the same size) so I guess its possible with some of them to be like that. I expect wolves to sense people and get out of the area even before people would notice they are there. Personally, I’d love to see a wolf from a distance. I’d watch it, leave it alone, respect it, and avoid a close encounter that can harm either of us. Hopefully I can get to Isle Royale in a couple of years and catch them and the moose.


41 posted on 03/29/2012 7:41:50 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: South Hawthorne

Not really. You can’t socialize with a bear the same as a pack of wolves. Bears are solitary mostly and they can’t grow up with you in a pack as there are no bear packs. Anything else that is a pack animal it can be possible. Geese, wild turkeys, etc can all accept a person to a degree as one of their own.


42 posted on 03/29/2012 7:43:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Lex Gabba

I don’t see them at my place, but I sometimes hear them. “Yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp.”


43 posted on 03/29/2012 7:44:15 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Wild turkeys run when they see me. For some reason, they don’t want to be the next family Thanksgiving meal.


44 posted on 03/29/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: Nachum
Wolves are beautiful animals. But, they are wild animals, and need to be respected as such. They seemed to get a little aggressive at the end of the video.
45 posted on 03/29/2012 8:10:10 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Do it today. Don't wait.)
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To: Steamburg; GladesGuru
Sorry, 90% of all statistics are fabricated to make the statement look smart.

Well then smart people like you can start with Wikipedia:

Territorial fights are among the principal causes of wolf mortality: one study on wolf mortality in Minnesota and the Denali National Park and Preserve concluded that 14–65% of wolf deaths were due to predation by other wolves.[92] In fact, 91% of wolf fatalities occur within 3.2 km (2.0 mi) of the borders between neighboring territories.[93] Because the consequences of trespassing can be fatal, such incursions are thought to be largely due to desperation or deliberate aggressiveness.[90]

It sounds bad out of context, but starvation is a function of the available range carrying capacity.

That is an oversimplification to the point of uselessness. Wolves do kill for sport. They do kill each other for territorial reasons. Yet territorial conflict rises when food becomes more scarce. So you can take your BS up with Mech because he's the top wolf biologist in the country. The Coronation Island experiment showed that wolves will eat the last breeding female when they have depleted the land of game. Without a predator of wolves or virtually unlimited territory, that's what they do.

Wolf is not the preferred diet of the wolf.

Correct. However, when the "preferred diet" is depleted they do eat each other, especially because they grow in population by some 25-35% per year without external regulation. Here in the US the higher number is the rule because 75% of what they eat, by weight, is cattle. As long as that is the case, there will be sufficient wolves to extirpate some of their prey species (it's called a "predator pit," in a multi-prey environment, so I suggest you Google some of Tom Bergerud's papers and read them). In some cases it means that certain species may become endangered, which is where we are getting with caribou. The main reason in Alaska is that the Park Service will not budge from its idiotic "natural regulation" policy and has therefore excluded from the system its apex predator for the last 10,000 years: The American Indian.

On the other hand there are strong arguments that man killing man is the most natural behavior.

You clearly don't get it about what happens when you presume that nature is self-regulating on a continent shaped by humans. Canis lupis followed the bison across the Bering land bridge, its predecessor (Canis dirus) having been extirpated by man. There are some very interesting palynological arguments suggesting the bison had to have been driven, the straits at that time lacked sufficient food for them to cross on their own. It is not known whether the wolf was desired or reviled at that time, but they sure did make good fur coats.

Go back to the Farly Mowat School of wildlife biology where you belong. You do know that he made up the whole story in Never Cry Wolf, don't you?

46 posted on 03/29/2012 8:16:50 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: potlatch

Isn’t that amazing? She obviously made an impression. I’m glad Deks found her.


47 posted on 03/30/2012 11:13:34 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Carry_Okie

I’m surprised it took that many paragraphs to prove my argument.


48 posted on 03/30/2012 12:21:29 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Shyla; deks

Yes, she was remembered and in all fairness we should ping her to this thread as she would probably enjoy it. Hope so anyway!


49 posted on 03/30/2012 12:41:14 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Jeff Chandler

lmao


50 posted on 03/30/2012 12:52:59 PM PDT by advertising guy (Sarah just jumped..........game on boys.)
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