Everyone have a list of stuff they want to achieve in their life. Buying a house, buying a nice car, go somewhere for a holiday. This year I’ve finally crossed one that have been sitting on top of my list for a long long time, and that’s meeting a wolf in real life.
I love dogs a lot, and I also love wolves as well. Unfortunately there are none here so the only way to meet a wolf is to go overseas. Thanks to the internet I’ve found Wolf Park. Wolf Park is a nonprofit wildlife education and research facility in Indiana, USA. I’ve been sponsoring a wolf there for years and it has always been my goal to visit Wolf Park. Well, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally done it!
Don’t let the photos fool ya, they are all very socialised, veeeeery sweet! Obviously there are some rules to follow while you are inside the wolf enclosure (after all they are still wild animals), but you can pretty much do anything with them. They will come to you, asking for pets, licking your face, even sticking their nose in your crotch!
There are a lot of interaction between the wolves too. All the “aggression” you see are between the wolves only, rarely do these wolves get grumpy to us two-leggers. In the wild wolves are actually *afraid* of humans. So yes, all the “Big Bad Wolf” stories you’ve heard ever since you’re a kid are all not true. Real fight between wolves hardly ever occurs, and they rarely fight to the point of injuring each other. The dominance and submission you see are necessary to maintain the pack hierarchy.
I really hate it when people say wolf (or certain breed of dogs for that matter) are aggressive and “evil” without knowing them first. Just look at Ruedi here, he’s got such a beautiful eyes… Ohh ain’t he CUTE!
I can’t wait to go back! Now I’ll have to add “Return to Wolf Park” on my To-Do list 🙂