March 26, 2012

Wolves and Mankind have been connected together for a long time. Starting with the wolves most likely being drawn to the campfire and retrieving some meat scraps. Wolves and humans both tend to form strong bonds to their own kind so it wasn't too surprising that there could be a connection between the two species.

Early man also definitely had a history with the wolf by most likely learning to hunt with/from them and also learning some lessons of the importance of family and working together. The video below shows some sweet moments when a woman revisits captive wolves and there is a joyous reunion.

How the wolf has influenced mankind ~

Wolf Song of Alaska has always maintained that humans stand to learn some valuable lessons from wild canids, and recent theorizing maintains that this may have been helpful to our actual survival thousands of years ago.

The most recent research comes from Australia, where scientist Paul Tacon and bio-archaeology consultant Colin Pardoe have published growing evidence that the wolf-human relationship may go back over 100,000 years. Some of their findings include the following:

Territoriality, so strong in humans, is not a trait found in other primates. Of course, all canids, including wolves, are fiercely territorial. This trait may have been adopted by humans.


It has already been shown that humans grew weaker in certain sensory modes while our brains grew larger and more complex. Accordingly, as our sense of smell diminished, we may have grown to rely on progressively more domesticated canids, early dog breeds, to help alert us to danger and to hunt.


Humans are primarily visual creatures, and as an outgrowth of the above two suggestions, some of the earliest human art and rock paintings could have been a form of territoriality, similar to canids marking territory using scent marks.

Hunting for large game could have been facilitated with the help of canids, a tradition which continues today, albeit usually on a more "sporting" level. Nonetheless, wolves are the most geographically dispersed of all mammals except humans, and their help might have assisted our own ancestors in living in harsher environments.

Most interestingly, wolves could have offered earlier humans some lessons in cooperation. Non-human primates have good parenting skills, but same-sex groups are not typically found living harmoniously. The cooperation evident in wolf packs may have given humans the impetus to cooperate more amongst themselves.

Tacon was quoted as saying that, "We believe there were several forces that led to the development of anatomically and behaviorally modern humans, and that the close relationship between our human ancestors and wolves was one of the key factors." So, those old dogs may have taught humans some new tricks.
~ Source: Wolf Song of Alaska

VIDEO Reunion between Anita and the wolves

Responses to "Video of a reunion between a woman and wolves shows the ancient bond is alive and well"

  1. Anonymous says:

    amazing..........

  2. Anonymous says:

    Look at that loyalty. An instead of people learning they destroy.That is why most people suck. There is alot to learn from these amazing animals.

  3. Anonymous says:

    beautiful

  4. Mary Long says:

    And people think they are a threat, they need to learn from the wolf.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Such a great family unit. We could learn from these beautiful animals.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My German Shepards act like this, from the greeting to dominate and submission. The differences are domesticated and wild. People ought to respect the wild animal instead of exterminate what they can't control.

    I don't think wolves are being killed because they're a menace, that's just the excuse; they're being harvested by ranchers.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Such a wonderful video..More people should watch this & become better educated on our WOLVES...

  8. Anonymous says:

    Pack rank is pretty apparent.

  9. John says:

    We all need to Learn from the Wolves.

  10. Anonymous says:

    that is so awsome!they are very loving!nice to see pepole loving them!

  11. Anonymous says:

    She's living my dream. Should have seen the facial expressions on my dog, Zip, when she heard the Wolve's!!! She enjoyed this, too. <3 Thanks.

  12. Anonymous says:

    beautiful video...:)
    i wish i could get that close to those lovely creatures
    spirits of the wild

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great video. Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Anonymous says:

    this. is the true love!

  15. Anonymous says:

    It calls upon our spirit...The real meaning of True Love!!..I am Humble...Lupita

  16. Anonymous says:

    I had a wolf for 10 years. She was a rescue from abusive people. She proved to come out of her trauma of being beaten with the end of a garden hose. She was my best friend and a great companion. I dont reccomend every have a highbred without good knowledge of them. Which is what i have. I studied wolves most of my life. They are not dogs and cant be treated as dogs. Dont get one unless you know what your doing. My wolf died Nov 2011 at the age of 14 and a half. Very sad. Magnificent spirit. We were good together. Miss her so much. tc all

  17. Len Swift says:

    My furry Lurcher friend displays the face licking and non aggressive snappy exhuberant behaviour, such as these Wolves....... it can be misinterpreted and he is a powerful creature..... much loved....love this Video, Thankyou.. Hau to all our Relations....

  18. Anonymous says:

    I love this Video! The love and the bond between humans and animals are incredible.

  19. Anonymous says:

    this is beautiful,this lady,i'd love to be her.to be able to touch,kiss,hug,these beautiful wild spiritual animals,no different then an average domesticated dog..this is my dream come true to be in her shoes.so blessed.thank you for sharing this,what a 'WELCOME HOME'

  20. Anonymous says:

    Now everyone can see how wolves came to walk beside prehistoric peoples.

  21. Jean says:

    We must all learn to respect mother earth and all her creatures. We all share this orb. And we must all learn how to do so peacefully.

  22. Vivien says:

    It was a pleasure to watch this video - and to see the true nature of Wolves. If people would only show more respect to Animals - yes wild Animals as well as our pets - and give them a chance. They are beautiful Animals - and you could see a great deal of affection in them towards the young lady who was fussing them. - Lovely video thank you for showing it to us all. Vivien.

  23. CARMEN CRESPO says:

    THEY WERE CREATED TO BE FREE, DONH'T GET THEM AS A PET, PLEASE, LOVE THEM, BUT BIVE THEM TNHEIR SPACE.....THEY NHEED FREEDOM!!!

  24. lonewolf john says:

    The Wolf is my animal totem, and i get excited ,when i see a Wolf to me they are all my brothers and sisters.
    When i see a Wolf has died or in stress .i get very angry . it is like attavking a relative.
    The Wolves were very excited and very happy to see the young lady , she is and will allways remain a member of that family .the other wolves were excited
    and they keeped the less senior members under control .all due to seeing a old friend!

  25. Vincent Cornish says:

    Soooo sweet! My hybrid "girlz" are the same way when I come home by competing extensively for attention (wolf politics) and climbing all-over me, yet never mean with each other.
    A question: Are expressions (facial, ears, sounds, body posturing, etc.) Anthropomorphic Projection; Or, after 100,000 years of Canid/Human interactions, their expressions are our expressions and visa-versa?

  26. Anonymous says:

    My soul is embracing you and your lost but not forgotten companion! You'll meet each other in the afterlife. Believe me! Don't be sad, you are blessed to have these memories...

  27. Ernestine Shemwell says:

    Pack rank is obvious here and the love the wolves have for her. She totally understood their actions and none were out of line. Well except the ones who loved her out of turn as seen by the warnings they got. Even the teeth to cheek was in love and left no mark. I miss being with wolves. They don't lie. Their love is deep and forever. You can not love and be loved by wolves and it not touch your soul. They knew she was thin skinned so did not put their teeth on the back of her neck (also a wolf greeting), thus must also see her as an alpha. I am known as the wolf woman of Stratton. Rather live with wolves than most humans.

  28. Anonymous says:

    My aussies display the exact same behavior, mouth licking and pack dominance/control.

  29. Anonymous says:

    "Anita had not been in Polar Zoo in about 2 months. When she returned i had the chance to film her first meeting in a long time with the wolves she spent a long time socializing from 16th of May 2008. The video is recorded in Polar Zoo and any questions related to socializing process should be taken with them. For more information about the socialized wolf pack go to"

    I love wolves as well, but do not romanticize this video. These are not wild animals in this video they have been raised by humans. They are in a word...DOGS. Meeting a pack of wolves in the wild would not have the same outcome. Walk a path of truth in all things even in that which does not serve your purpose. Peace to all.

  30. I want a wolf kiss like her. I love these animals. They are so majestic. People destroy what they fear, they do go for population control, think of all the rabbit, deer, and carrion that would would implode if it wasn't for the wolf.

    These animals should be shown respect, for them and their environment.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Awesome sweet,how they remember Anita and shows alot of effection :-)

  32. Anonymous says:

    If the peoples of the world would learn the meaning of true unconditional Love then maybe we too will be as one with the earth and all forms of life who inhabit it with us.
    SpiritKeeper55@Gmail.com

  33. Anonymous says:

    Can't even one Canadian government JUST TRY TO control Big Oil?
    Norwegians do! Why are we so complacent and gutless?
    What are we going to leave the next generation?

    And while I am at it... why is it SO hard to just leave a comment with a normal signature? The Select profile menu is indecipherable to non-geeks so you are losing a lot of names on a lot of petitions by making it so user unfriendly!

    Peter Holt

  34. Anonymous says:

    Amazing video,She have done fantastic work...

  35. Anonymous says:

    I have huskies and can see those behaviors all the time. Sweet, wonderful animals, beautiful video.

  36. Anonymous says:

    i see this in my dogs. it's so amazing to watch and be part of the pack. of coarse im the alfa.

  37. Anonymous says:

    pretty awesome but i dunno if i could let them lick me in the mouth! LOL! Just a thing i have i guess, is natural to them.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I love it!!!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful. This brings tears to my eyes, fills my heart and moves my soul.I had the honor of raising and loving a beautiful female wolf for 14 blessed years. She was my child, friend, teacher and spiritual companion. There was not a day that her beauty did not take my breath away. I heartily agree with anon above (April 5th) that not everyone should do this and I, too, educated myself thoroughly before taking on this responsibility. They are not dogs and should not be treated as such. They are amazing creatures that should be protected from the greed and ignorance of humans.

  40. Anonymous says:

    God love those people that can love these animals and not try to destroy them.

  41. Amazing what was going on in the background, between three of the wolves.

  42. Anonymous says:

    love these dogs HATE PIT BULL'S pit bulls are brain dead

  43. Anonymous says:

    I have a wolf hybrid she loves kids but I would never trust a pit bull every time you see some kid that has been dog bit WOW ITS ALWAYS A PIT BULL

  44. Anonymous says:

    This is simply wonderful, nature is wonderful. People on the other hand who believe they need to inprint their ignorance by destroying, are ....well it has been said here already. I wished I could have been there and felt them so Close like she did. Wolves are very Special. Bettina

  45. Jerry says:

    This is the info I want to read. I just wish more folks would take the time to learn about these wonderful animals and give their full support and protection to them as they are faced with so many threats at this time.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Humans could learn so much from the wolf but we want to destroy anything better or different than us...so sad and wrong

  47. Scott O J says:

    Wow. Just Wow.
    What a Powerful video to watch. This video shows so much of the structure of a Pack. Hierarchy, the Wolves position in the pack, is so obvious and you can tell they consider her the Alpha female.
    These "socialized" Wolves still display Pack Life, and still show their Wild side, but she is definitely included in their Pack.
    AWESOME!!!
    STOP Killing these Beautiful, Powerful, Social creatures. They have more to offer Humans than just a target!!!

  48. Elaine says:

    fabulous - but what's the background to this story? Did she raise and release wolf pups? did she live with them in the wild and form bonds with them? It's lovely, but fairly meaningless to publish without context.

  49. What an inspiring video. Perhaps collective videos such as this can be taken to those in Governments that are hell bent on destroying what they don't understand in hopes this will open their eyes to what a beautiful and intelligent creature the Wolf truly is. I read a post here that they are being harvested from Ranchers and the excuse is because they are a menace. That is so true. It is because the Ranchers are getting more and more greedy wanting more land and our Government kisses their a***S to benefit their pockets too. So sad our Wolves and other creatures have to suffer and be tortured for the love of money and greed.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Awesome and inspiring! :)

  51. While I was watching this stunning video, Charlie (my Border Collie) came into my office to see what was going on. I restarted the video (on full screen) and Charlie sat fascinated by the wolves for the entire video.

    He always barks at the TV when he hears animals, but he always runs up...barks a couple of times...and then goes away. Not on this one. The video was awesome and inspiring, but having Charlie watching with me was very touching.

    jgartha@gmail.com

  52. Anonymous says:

    Native People of Nord America showed deep respect and admiration for Wolves…well deserved…
    I love them, they are so beautiful and have so many qualities :-)
    Dominique Paoli

  53. Anonymous says:

    Viva Lupo!! Beautiful..... God's wonderful creations!!

  54. -water says:

    Pack rank is pretty apparent and it is that in which gives them success to getting any job done. It is like they are the masters to a chess game but not to the gun and that part is sad. That is as well why they are a threat to a rancher. A rancher never heard of the chess only monopoly. - water

  55. Wolves Have A Definite Purpose On This Earth & Should Not Be Hunted Into Extinction ! We Almost Did That To Our Native Americans Because Of Our Greed For Land & Our Own Personal Gains!

  56. so beautiful...lovely creatures I would like to get to know better....

  57. Loved watching the video and the body language...fascinating. However, I have to take issue with a statement in the article: "...Territoriality, so strong in humans, is not a trait found in other primates." It is well-documented that chimps and baboons have their territories well marked and patrol the boundries regularly. They will fight, and sometimes kill other primates who have "trespassed" in their areas. These primates are VERY territorial. Gorillas are less so, but still exhibit territorial behaviors. That said, thank you for the video!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this video, how lucky is she, that these magnificent creatures showed how much they had missed her and cared about her.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Liberal propoganda......

  60. This is an awesome video. Although wolves in captivity don't have the same behavior as in nature with an unknown human, is really wonderful to see how much there're affectioned with Anita and making typical ritual wolves with her. Thank you so much for sharing. Norbert

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  62. Pits are actually very intelligent and very loyal. The ones made viscious are raised that way by ignorant,evil people. Blame the owner not the breed for attacks. Pits are just as misubderstood as our beloved wolf.

  63. Pits are actually very intelligent and very loyal. The ones made viscious are raised that way by ignorant,evil people. Blame the owner not the breed for attacks. Pits are just as misubderstood as our beloved wolf.

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