They’re ferocious, scary and wild, but just how much do you know about these four-legged carnivores? It’s time to put your years of wisdom to the test by taking a look at 15 of the most amazing facts scientists know about wolves.
- The reason wolves hunt in packs is they’re not very successful doing it alone…
- The whole pack raises the pups, not just the parents.
- It’s thought that domestic dogs came from wolves approximately 10,000 years ago.
- Poor hunters will be kicked out of the pack for not pulling their weight.
- Wolves have a top speed of 35 mph when in full flight.
- A wolf will eat up to 14 lb of meat a day.
- They can smell how tasty you are from a mile away.
- The typical howl lasts for 5 seconds and can be used as a rallying cry, warning to rival packs, or one-to-one communication.
- Wolves are big softies at heart and are one of the few species to mate for life.
- Scientists have learned they communicate with facial expressions such as pulling their lips back to show their teeth.
- A wolf’s jaws are so strong it can crush a bone instantly.
- They can see in the dark so that they never have to wait until morning to hunt.
- A wolf pack will always be moving and spends up to 1/3 of its life getting from A to B.
- Their webbed paws allow them to move with speed and agility in the water.
- Unlike dogs who shed their fur hair by hair, a wolf sheds its coat in large sheets.
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