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Anonymous asked:
what age do wolf pups usually howl for the first time?

About two weeks of age, wolf pups begin to stand and walk, and their vocalizations starts to include growls, whimpering and squeaks, and high-pitched attempts at howling.

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOLVES AND RAVENS

Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.

Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.

They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.

Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’: "It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities."

Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’: "Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears."

Some videos: 
Raven Dances with Wolf Pup 
Ravens taking a bath in the snow after stealing food from wolves
Crow teasing a wolf

(Picture by Michael S. Nolan)

By Tom Dyring

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Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral" - Charles Darwin [x]

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By David Bolin

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Anonymous asked:
Oh gaaad! I just read your story about you and David! You two are so sweet and cute and I'm so happy for you guys! I hope my boyfriend and I end up like you guys (I'm 17, he's 18 we've only been together 6 months though) congrats and stay happy!! :D

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Cute cute cute cute

By Jim Brandenburg

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uterushaver asked:
I hope you and David get married and live together omg

image Awee, me toooo!

He once made a joke that he’ll propose to me once I hit 100,000 followers and he keeps joking about that - I’m going to slap him when he does that, lolol

By Lee Spillenaar

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thunderwolfseven asked:
If you don't mind me asking I was wondering how you and David met? Is that weird? Congrads on your 4 years!

Thank you! ^^ That’s not weird at all :) I feel like sharing a little story about us.

I was 16 and he was 18 when we met. On Hyves (basically an old Dutch version of Facebook), he and I were both a member of this really crappy Doctor Who fan page with about 50 members, and that’s how we met - too nerdy, I know, lol. Ever since our first conversation on there, we’ve been tremendously close. After a few months of intense conversations via Hyves, MSN and our cellphones, we decided to meet in real life. We decided to meet in his city. I got off the train and walked towards the ending of the tunnel where we arranged to meet. I immediately saw him standing there at the end, but pretended I didn’t because I was so nervous and didn’t want to have that awkward eye contact when you still have to walk a hundred meters towards each other, heheh.

We ended up in a museum that day, there was a video installation from Pipilotti Rist with a big hanging net in which you had to lie down and watch the videos. We’d hit the re-play button countless times and each time we both secretly lied a little closer to each other, pretending we weren’t aware. We didn’t kiss, that came later.

A few months later we were “officially together”. We lived (still do) a 123 kilometers away from each other, so we usually spent several days in a row at one of our places, interspersed with about a week or sometimes a few weeks of not seeing each other.

Our first year was very intense. Because of us being together, old issues and problems we pushed away and buried deep inside us came to the surface again. Instead of giving ‘us’ up, we fought against it together and reckon with it for good. After that, we both felt like a new era started. Our relationship is completely transparent, no censorship, and we just knew that from that moment things were just completely right. We built up a trust that will always be there.

I know this sounds cliché, but I genuinely still feel myself fall in love more with him everyday. He is my best friend, my lover. He´s the only one I can stand when I´m feeling cantankerous. He is the only one who can stop my anger, or point me on my mistakes without making me mad. I value what he says like no other and he teaches me a lot. We complement each other, he’s the things I want out of myself that I´m not, and the other way around. We feel like a team, we really feel like this “us against the world”. I think we’ll stay together forever - or at least; we both really hope so, would love so, and right now, looking at things, I fully believe that we will :)

A Red wolf pup (Canis rufus) netted for handling at a captive-breeding facility in Washington State

Picture by Joel Sartore

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By Stefan Betz

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