Wolves communicate with each other through sound, scent and body language. But what about with other species? When two predators meet, not all parties will emerge unscathed, but this was not the case in these incredible stories. In his book A Wolf Named Romeo, Nick Jans tells of a wolf who befriended the dogs and townsfolk of Juneau, Alaska. … Continue reading Cross-species communication
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From aphrodisiacs to poorly-playing instruments, wolves have been the subject of some truly bizarre beliefs. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to get better with time! To start with the least ridiculous, Pliny the Elder, two years before Vesuvius, wrote in his Natural History collection that if a wolf and man encountered one another, the man would … Continue reading Witchcraft or just plain daft: Baffling wolf superstitions from the ages
This time, it’s temperature that can regulate wolves. A collaborative study by the U.S. Geological Survey used thermal imaging cameras to test how sarcoptic mange affects heat loss in Yellowstone’s wolves. The results were as surprising as they were colourful. Caused by the mite Sacroptes scabiei, sarcoptic mange is highly contagious and causes severe itching, skin lesions and hair loss. Another … Continue reading “Rainbow” Wolves Show Heat Loss From Mange
“There are things I’ve seen that I can’t unsee. There are things I’ve done that I cannot undo. Just saying ‘well I did it in the name of my country’ doesn’t help you sleep at night. But what does help […] is having a companion.” These are the words of navy veteran Matthew Simmons, who, … Continue reading After the War: How Wolves and Veterans Can Help Each Other Heal
A four-year investigation by the Public Prosecutor of Modena has uncovered an illegal trade in wolf hybrids. To mitigate bone and hip problems in the breed, and create a more ‘wolf-like’ appearance to impress dog show judges, unscrupulous breeders have been crossing Czechoslovakian wolfdogs with wild wolves. But if wolfdogs are descended from a German … Continue reading Illegality breeds contempt: the hybridisation of wolves and Czechoslovakian wolf-dogs in Italy
Not all wolves of legend prowl the forest. You’ll also find them near springs, lakes and even the ocean, but not in the way you’d expect. For instance, in one 12th-century myth, a wolf helped create the Japanese spa town of Misasa Onsen. Samurai Samanosuke was on his way to pray when he saw … Continue reading Wolves and Water in Myth and Folklore
Frightened and dishevelled, Ares the pup was found in a landfill. Alberta, too wild to be tamed, was cramped in a cage for 15 months, and Lara was nearly crippled by a gunshot. Until recently, their future was uncertain, and not only due to their history: they are wolf hybrids, a contentious issue in Italy. … Continue reading An Unwelcome Mix: Wolf Hybridisation in Italy
From the Big Bad Wolf to ‘Grandma’, everyone’s heard of wolves in books and film. But what about video games, which are now bigger than Hollywood movies? Are wolves just cannon fodder, or is the gamer like Little Red Riding Hood? The answer may surprise you. Thanks to the bafflingly popular Goat Simulator, there’s been … Continue reading Wolves in Video Games: Just a Pack of Pixels?
Although lions and horses steal the limelight, wolf statues do make the odd appearance. And sometimes ‘odd’ is the operative word! The most famous is probably the Capitoline she-wolf, who, according to legend, nursed the founders of Rome - Romulus and Remus. Surprisingly, she was sculpted some time before the twins, and her 5th Century … Continue reading Are There Any Statues of Wolves?
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