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Aufstieg by Khalliysgraphy Aufstieg by Khalliysgraphy
Went to Olderdissen today and saw confirmed what I already asumed. Smilla is the new alpha and - even though this is indeed pretty surprising - Kira, our sweet puppy-faced omega is the new beta of the pack. Until now she has been the least ranked for her whole life.
When I went to the park a few hours after Laika's death I could already see how this had a giant impact on Kira. I haven't seen her in the old enclosure since last summer. But thursday she followed Smilla (who's the one disturbing that picture here) through the tunnel, climbed on the hill infront of the passage, then she looked around and just peacefully lied down. Smilla would stand beside her, softly sniffing her ears.

This somehow expressed relief for me, even though this might sounds mean. It's still very sad that it had to end with Laika being dead, but I can't fail to see how the situation of the pack is improving rapidly now. They have always been splitten a bit. Luna and Ronja were for themselves, Smilla and Laika were for themselves. Kira was alone in the back of the new enclosure, sometimes visited by Smilla, sometimes annoyed by Laika and Ronja.
Today they were all hanging around together and some tension only exists between Kira and Ronja now. Ronja still needs to accept Kira's new position and Kira is demonstrating it without any aggression. She just needs to stand in front of Ronja, staring at her and holding her tail horizontally.
And Luna, she's already pretty brave again. When they got fed Kira was standing beside her, not even trying to steal her food. Smilla was chasing towards her, but Luna didn't even flinched. And Smilla didn't attack, she just stopped beside her, growling, taking the food and went away without any sparring. Laika would have turned that into a drama for Luna.

They looked more relaxed (except Ronja, she was a bit stressed). Smilla and Kira are pretty even-tempered wolves, not very aggressive, but determined. If things stay like this, this might be the perfect constellation for the pack.

Name: Kira
(Sub)species: European Wolf (Canis Lupus Lupus)
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years (May 2008)

Localisation: Tierpark Olderdissen, Bielefeld, Germany

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Adimina Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] used there. Credit in image
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool. :D Thanks for using!
Nike-Nikita-Casalos Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Also wurde Laika tot gebissen? Habs eben über ne ecke erfahren, echt schade um sie aber wenns nun etwas ruiger dort wird wärs ja gut, kannst du mich bitte auf den laufenden halten wie es sich nun dort entwickelt mir den restlichen? Würde schon gerne erfahren was sie nun machen... woher hast du denn gehört das Laika tot ist?
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, also zuerst rief mich morgens meine Mutter an, dann bekam ich später noch eine SMS von einer Freundin, abends rief dann noch meine Oma an. Es war in aller Munde. xD' Sie haben es wohl im Radio und im Fernsehn gebracht ... ich bin gleich morgens dann hin. Ich werde am Wochenende, oder auf jeden Fall nächste Woche wieder hinfahren.
Midany Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kek, interesting turn of events ^^
will try to go to the Klein-Auheim next weekend :3
GreenAkias Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, wie genau du beobachtest und interpretierst...
Beeindruckend :')
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke. =) Wölfe zu beobachten ist einfach faszinierend.
artworkbyLINA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
love wolves *O*
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous capture! :love:
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! =)
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