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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