Wednesday, May 22, 2013




No other mammal shows more spirited devotion to its family,
organization or social group than the wolf. The members of
the wolf pack hunt together to insure survival of the group,
but they also play, sing, sleep, scuffle and protect each other.
A wolf's purpose for existing is to insure the survival of the pack.

A wolf pack is made up of parents, aunts, uncles, brothers,
sisters, half brothers and half sisters - it is truly an extended
family organization. And though generally only the Alpha male
and Alpha female produce pups, every member of the pack
participates in the nurturing and education of the young.
Each pack member assumes responsibility for the food,
shelter, training, protection and play where the pups are
concerned, for the pack realizes that the young are their future.

The loyalty exhibited between wolves is well known and
documented. But a Montana man who has used his
summers for years to study wolves in Alaska gave me a
different view of wolf loyalty. He told about a couple he
knew who lived in an extremely remote area with their two
sons in a log cabin they had made by hand.
This family also included two wolves they had raised from
earliest puppy hood, rescuing them from their den after their
mother had been indiscriminately shot and the pups left to die.
This was the only family the wolves had ever known, having
only lived with humans as their pack mates.

One day the parents were cutting wood about a mile from
home when one of the boys accidentally turned over a
kerosene lamp (there was no electricity), and a raging fire began
to consume the wooden structure. The two wolves immediately
dashed toward the flaming cabin where the two boys were
trapped inside, immobilized by smoke and fear.
The parents were far behind, so the wolves gnawed and fought
their way into the cabin and pulled the boys outside to safety.
Though both wolves were badly burned, their loyalty to their
"pack" meant the difference between life and death for these
two members of their "pack."

The Wolf Credo written by Del Goetz truly captures what
the wolf is all about:

Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack.

Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between.

Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark.

* Excerpt from: Wisdom of Wolves,
* By Twyman Towery

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