Things you probably didn't know about the most amazing animal of Planet Earth - Wolves

 1- In order for a new wolf cub to urinate, its mother has to massage its belly with her warm tongue.

2- The earliest drawings of wolves are in caves in southern Europe and date from 20,000 B.C.

3- Wolves do not make good guard dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and will hide from visitors rather than bark at them.

4- Wolves are the largest members of the Canidae family, which includes domestic dogs, coyotes, dingoes, African hunting dogs, many types of foxes, and several kinds of jackals.

5- Wolves run on their toes, which helps them to stop and turn quickly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing down.

6- Wolves have about 200 million scent cells. Humans have only about 5 million. Wolves can smell other animals more than one mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

7- Where there are wolves, there are often ravens (sometimes known as “wolf-birds”). Ravens often follow wolves to grab leftovers from the hunt—and to tease the wolves. They play with the wolves by diving at them and then speeding away or pecking their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them.

8- The Cherokee Indians did not hunt wolves because they believed a slain wolves’ brothers would exact revenge. Furthermore, if a weapon were used to kill a wolf, the weapon would not work correctly again.

9- The Japanese word for wolf means “great god.”

10- Under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles on the open tundra.

11- Immense power is concentrated in a wolf’s jaw. It has a crushing pressure of nearly 1,500 pound per square inch (compared with around 750 for a large dog). The jaws themselves are massive, bearing 42 teeth specialized for stabbing, shearing, and crunching bones. Their jaws also open farther than those of a dog.

12- A hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal, which is akin to a human eating one hundred hamburgers.

13- A wolf pack may contain just two or three animals, or it may be 10 times as large.

14- Though many females in a pack are able to have pups, only a few will actually mate and bear pups. Often, only the alpha female and male will mate, which serves to produce the strongest cubs and helps limit the number of cubs the pack must care for. The other females will help raise and “babysit” the cubs.

15- The Greek god Apollo is sometimes called Apollo Lykios, the wolf-Apollo, and was associated with the wind and sun. In Athens, the land surrounding the temple of Apollo became known as the Lyceum, or the “wolf skin.”

16- A wolf can run about 20 miles (32 km) per hour, and up to 40 miles (56 km) per hour when necessary, but only for a minute or two. They can “dog trot” around 5 miles (8km) per hour and can travel all day at this speed.

17- A wolf pup’s eyes are blue at birth. Their eyes turn yellow by the time they are eight months old.

18- In ancient Rome, barren women attended the Roman festival Lupercalia (named for the legendary nursery cave of Romulus and Remus) in the hopes of becoming fertile.

19- A male and female that mate usually stay together for life. They are devoted parents and maintain sophisticated family ties.

20- Unlike other animals, wolves have a variety of distinctive facial expressions they use to communicate and maintain pack unity.

21- Wolf gestation is around 65 days. Wolf pups are born both deaf and blind and weigh only one pound.

22- Wolves can swim distances of up to 8 miles (13 kilometers) aided by small webs between their toes.

Responses to "22 Fascinating Facts About Wolves"

  1. Anonymous says:

    A lot of them I knew. Still very incredible information. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE WOLVES!

  2. Ookami says:

    Amazing! s2

  3. Tulip says:

    fascinating! ♥

  4. Anonymous says:

    I found this information very informative thank you for sharing this. I am very interested in Wolves and have had a fascination for these majestic creatures since i was a youngster. I just love them so much.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful animals!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Considérés par nos autochtones comme des maîtres spirituels.

  7. tazziedee says:

    I stand for and do my best to promote good will for wolves!!! Every human should join in to help save these beautiful brings!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Everyone should protect wolves and not hunt them there amazing talent animals that need respect if I could go and howl with the wolves it would be amazing but I respect them so much to leave them to the wild x

  9. Unknown says:

    A lot of the information I already knew but the more I learn about these wonderful animals the more I adore them.

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