Interesting Facts About Wolves: The Scariest Natural Villains

Perhaps no animal on earth has been as important to human beings as the wolf. They were gods in Norse mythologies and nursed Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome. Above all, the wolf was the first animal ever to be domesticated by man, a process still shrouded in great mystery which occurred well more than 10,000 years ago.
Wolf is the largest member of the canine (dog) family. This big carnivore lives in North Africa, Eurasia, and North America. There are two species of wolves: red wolf and grey wolf. Grey Wolf includes 38 distinct subspecies.
Red wolves are smaller, have long legs and shorter fur than the grey wolves. Killing and habitat loss led red wolves to the brink of extinction. Less than hundred red wolves remained in the wild.
Human beings and wolves have an extensive adversarial history. Even though they never attack humans, wolves are notorious for being one of the scariest natural villains. A high number of wolves have been trapped and shot since they’re well known to attack domestic animals. Today, the main threat which wolves face is the misunderstanding and fear, which humans have about them.
They’ve been our direct enemies and dearest friends, and yet there’s still so much we do not know about them. How much do you really know about the mysterious and majestic animals? In this article, we will look at some interesting facts about Wolves that you probably didn’t know.
1. Wolves have exceptional eyesight. They can’t distinguish colors, but their eyes are very sensitive to any movement. They can also sense smell hundred times better than human beings and detect animals which are 1.6 miles away easily. Besides, they’ve superb sense of hearing that’s used to detect sound which is 10 miles away in the open space, or6 miles away in the forest.
2. Wolf pups are born blind and deaf while weighing about 0.5 kg (1 lb). It takes nearly eight months before they’re old enough to join in the wolf pack hunts actively.
3. Wolves feed their young ones by carrying chewed-up food in their stomachs and throwing up, or “regurgitating,” the food for the pups when they arrive at their den.
4. Wolves have only one breeding season in a year -during winter. They’ve their puppies in early May or late April. They have their puppies in a den or an underground hole. There are often 2-6 puppies in a litter. The puppies grow up very fast and are their adult size at the end of their first winter. They’re grown up by the time they’re 2 years old.
5. For a new wolf cub to urinate, the mother needs to massage its stomach with her warm tongue.
6. Wolves don’t make excellent guard dogs since they’re naturally afraid of any unfamiliar activity or sound and will hide from the visitors rather than barking at them.
7. Wolves always run on their toes, and that helps them to stop and turn swiftly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing off.
8. Wolves have almost 200 million scent cells. Human beings have approximately five million. Wolves can smell other animals more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) away.
9. Lower-ranking males don’t mate and usually, suffer from a condition of inhibition and stress which has been referred to as “psychological castration.” On the other hand, lower-ranking females are occasionally very scared of the alpha female such that they don’t even go into heat.
10. Wolves are believed to have evolved from an ancient animal known as Mesocyon that lived nearly 35 million years ago. It was a small dog-like animal with a long body and short legs. Like the wolf, it may have also lived in packs.
11. Adolph Hitler, a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (whose first name means “lead wolf”), was really fascinated by wolves and occasionally used “Conductor Wolf” or “Herr Wolf” as an alias. “Werewolf” (Wehrwolf), “Wolf’s Lair” (Wolfschanze), and “Wolf’s Gulch” (Wolfsschlucht) were the code names of Hitler for different military headquarters.
12. In the 1600s, Ireland was known as “Wolf-land” since it had very many wolves. Wolf hunting was a very popular sport among the nobility, who largely used the Irish wolfhound to outrun and kill the wolves. The earliest record of an Irish wolfhound dates back to the Roman the period in A.D. 391.
13. A wolf can run almost 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour, and up to 40 miles (56 kilometers) per hour when necessary, but only for a minute or two. They can “dog trot” nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) per hour and can even travel the whole day at this speed.
14. Unlike other animals, wolves use unique facial expressions to communicate and maintain their pack unity.

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