Zephyr and Alawa are a captive-born Canadian/Rocky Mountain gray wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC, in South Salem, NY. The soom to be 3-year-old wolves are among the three 'ambassador wolves' at the WCC that help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment.

 Alawa found something pretty interesting in the snow and demonstrates scent-rolling for her curious brother Zephyr.

 Did You Know? When dogs roll over onto their backs and expose their bellies, their behavior is a sign of submission, right? Well, new research suggests that we may be interpreting canine body language all wrong.

 A new study by researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Canada and the University of South Africa shows that rolling over may be more of a combat maneuver than an act of submission.

As for why we've been wrong about rollovers, Pellis pointed to previous research on wolves. In wolf packs, animals of inferior status do tend to roll over onto their backs as a submissive gesture, but that occurs mostly in non-play contexts.


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