Nooo, that’s not naive, love! <3
Wolves reside around all kinds of places the world, and (sub)species have adapted to different climates. Ethiopian wolves for example are much smaller, have bigger ears for cooling, and have a thinner coat than the typical Gray wolf.
Ethiopian wolves indeed are very rare and listed as endangered, but that has nothing to do with the fact that they can not handle circumstances in their environment such as the heat. Threats for Ethiopian wolves include increasing pressure from expanding human populations, disease such as rabies transference from dogs, and the fact that they are specialised feeders which means that they require particular rodents for their dinner which can only be found in particular habitats.
Yes, all wolves love cubs and are programmed to protect and nurture them. This can extend to pups that are not related to themselves, especially if the adopting pack has pups of its own already.
This is quite rare though, because “orphan pups” would mean all the adults in a pack would have to be killed or removed from the area before the pubs would have no-one to care for them and become orphans, but it has happened on occasion.
Wolves killing wolf pups from another pack might happen occasionally, for example in case of invading territory of another pack, but such violent situations do not occur often.
Lone wolves however are not pups, but are typically about 2 years of age.
It is very unlikely in the first place that a human would ran into a wolf or wolf pack. Wolves are naturally extremely shy and learned over the years to avoid humans. They see us as hunters, not as prey. They will flee before you even notice they were there.
There are some examples of humans walking into wolves in an area where the wolves are not yet familiar with humans. This video is a great example of such an event. German biologist Gudrun Pflueger sits waiting in a forest in Canada, hoping to catch a glimpse from the wolves who live there, when a pack of curious wolves not yet familiar with humans approaches her: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/130894/a-woman-among-wolves
In the video you can see that the wolves are naturally very curious, and at the same time extremely wary, but won’t hesitate to attack in case they feel threatened.
Wolves will only attack humans as a last resort in cases when they for example are stuck and can’t escape and feel threatened. They will try to flee at first, but when they can’t, they will bite/attack as a warning or defence.
No, pure wolves can not have bi coloured eyes. Pure wolves could have appearing bi coloured eyes due to genetic defects. For example, if a wolf would happen to have cataracts on one of it’s eyes, that eye may appear to be blue while his other eye which is in good condition still holds it’s natural eye colour - brown for example.
An extremely rare condition called heterochromia iridis (difference in coloration of the iris) also applies to canids. Mainly domestic dogs though - I do not know of a case in which a wild wolf has this condition but theoretically it must be possible.
Also, huskies often have blue eye(s). Wolves can only have appearing blue eyes due to a genetic defect (such as cataracts, which is really rare). In a natural way, wolf eyes never come in blue. Wolf cubs are born with blue eyes, but that changes at about 6 weeks of age. Mature wolves do not retain blue as an eye color. Sometimes green or grey eyes can appear blue from certain angles or in certain lights.
Sure did. It’s most common that wolf packs don’t let in other wolves and are very territorial which often results in killing “intruders”, but that doesn’t mean exceptions are often made.
I understand, but I do not agree.
I see it this way: there indeed is a change that things will go absolutely right (to the extend of that bein possible with wolf dog hybrids), like in your case. However, I believe we should never take that risk. Even if there wasn’t such a big risk, wolf dog hybrids are also in no way doing any good for pure wolves - that alone should be reason enough to advocate for the ending of wolf dog hybridization. By seeking a bond with wolves through having wolf dog hybrids as pets, we are literally loving the real wolf to death. Breeding wolves with dogs does not preserve wild wolf populations, but actually places them at risk by threatening genetic purity and negatively impacting public attitudes toward wolves. As for the wolf dog hybrids themselves, they are the victims of a highly lucrative pet trade that heavily relies upon a potential owner’s ignorance or disregard of the truth about wolf dog hybrids.
If you know that for a fact, I don’t understand why you would still concider taking one as a pet and I really suggest overthinkin whý exactly you want a wolf dog hybrid as a pet. Do you want a wolfish looking or wolfish behaving dog? Is it because the idea of befriending or dominating a “wild” creature is fulfilling a fantasy? Or because establishing a spiritual connection with nature? You could instead get a pure dog breed like a malamute, saarloos wolfdog, sibirian laika, tamaskan dog, utonagan, etc., or show your love for wolves in other ways like advocating for them, raising money, or volunteering at a wolf sanctuary, go on wolf spotting/tracking tours, etc.
(I’m sorry if I came across harsh or angry towards you, that wasn’t my intention)
I believe the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni) are the wolves that are black most often, but I wouldn’t dare to say black is the most common coat colour of this subspecies.
There are currently no wild black wolves reported in Europe, except for a few black wolves that were found in Italy a few years ago. This article states that in the northern Apennines in Italy, black wolves occur at a non-negligible frequency. Evidence now suggest the black allele in those Italian black wolves comes from wolf-dog hybridization happens (read more).
Also, melanism can happen in every part of the world.
Anndddd, about 10 years ago, 20 black coated Timber wolves escaped from a zoo in Europe into the wild - doesn’t really count, I know, lol
True, wolves aren’t completely colour blind :) We don’t know much about it yet, but it is believed that wolves may be only partially color blind - meaning they have only red and blue photo receptors in their eyes, and can’t see the colour green.
I left that meme like that because it’s an old joke ^^
Wolves have a pre-caudal scent gland (also called “violet gland”) at the top of their tail, about 10 cm (4 inches) from its base and on the tip. It releases a pheromone, used to mark.
Light colored wolves often have a dark spot of fur covering the scent gland. Below is a picture of a wolf’s tail where you can clearly see this dark spot - I circled it with red. The dark tip at the end of the tail you mentioned isn’t part of the scent gland.
Many domesticated dogs have vestigial pre-caudal glands. In how far these are developmed depends on the specific dog breed. Both wolves and dogs smell each other to locate identifying scents which come from both the anal glandsand pre-caudal glands.
According to the book “Mammals of the World” by Nowak, Ronald M; and Paradiso, John L. (1983), the typical Gray wolf wolf can leap 5 meters (+- 16 feet) in a single bound.
That’s a lot and therefore I find it a little hard to believe, but it’s the only reliable source I know that talks about it.
There currently are three different wolf species. Below you will find each wolf species with a list of it’s subspecies - both the living and extinct ones.
Note that there has always been constant discussions on whether some subspecies are actually a species on it’s own, and the other way around. Some examples of this are the fact that there is no single hypothesis for the origin of the Red wolf is universally accepted by scientists. DNA analysis and morphological evidence support recognition of the Red wolf as a distinct species from the Gray wolf, but other scientists believe the Red wolf is a subspecies of the Gray wolf. Also, some scientists maintain the Eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) as a species on it’s own (Canis lycaon). Also, some subspecies are yet to be determined, for example Canada’s Pacific Coastal wolves.
Gray wolf (Canis lupus)
Gray wolf subspecies:
Extinct Gray wolf subspecies:
Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis)
Ethiopian wolf subspecies:
Red wolf (Canis rufus) Note: Some scientists maintain this wolf a subspecies of the Gray wolf, and there currently is a lot of debate on whether this species is completely extinct or not due to crossbreeding with coyotes
Extinct Red wolf supspecies: