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Facts about Wolves

Here are some cool facts about wolves.

  • Wolves eat a lot of meat, including sheep, goats, horses, pigs, deer, antelope, seals and even beached whales.
  • Like other dogs, wolves lay down their scent to mark territory.
  • Wolves generally live in packs, although single wolves have been observed occasionally in the wild.
  • Packs of wolves usually contain 2 to 20 members, although a pack of 36 wolves was once observed.
  • Pups are born completely blind and deaf at birth. They depend solely on their mothers.
  • Wolves mate between January and April.
  • Studies have shown that wolf saliva reduces the amount bacteria in wounds.
  • Wolves can run as fast as 65km/h (6mph) when they are chasing their prey. In fact, one female wolf was found to make seven meter bounds when chasing prey.
  • Females weigh 20% less than males.
  • Wolves share a common ancestor with dogs.
  • Wolves can live in a variety of environments, including forests, deserts, mountains and grassland.
  • Some people hunt wolves for sport.
  • Wolves can carry many deadly diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease and anthrax.
  • Many myths from different cultures feature wolves in their stories.
  • In Israel, the two middle toes of wolves are fused together. This is a unique characteristic of wolves which isn’t found anywhere else in the world.
  • The heaviest wolf weighed in at 79kg (175lb).
  • In early summer, wolves molt much of their coat.
  • Wolves are often portrayed as preying only on weak and sick animals, although there is little evidence for this.
  • In some parts of the world where there is limited prey, wolves will forage around in garbage dumps to find their food.
  • Wolves prefer to hunt in packs to ensure that they catch their prey.

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