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Don't mess with me by Khalliysgraphy Don't mess with me by Khalliysgraphy
Today I thought it would be nice to visit my old friends in Olderdissen again, as I haven't seen them for two months. They were very nicely active and photogenic today and ... these wolves never cease to amaze me.
Kira, our ever shy and reserved omega female left me open-mouthed today. One might not understand my astonishment, but I know this pack for four years now and Kira always was at the bottom of the hierarchy. To see her chasing away Ronja, a large, sturdy female who used to be the most rowdy-like and dominant fellow of the pack was indeed stunning. Kira was all hackles up, looking pretty mad, while Ronja just tucked her tail and fled. Eh. Wolf personalities. Change like seasons come and go.

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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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Midany Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very well captured + the info adds more story line to the shot :)
always found wolf hierarchy/roles in a pack very interesting.
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. =) It is indeed interesting. Surprisingly the hierarchy of captivated wolves has much to do with sympathy between the pack members and not so much with strenght.
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Midany Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would guess due to less challenges
faced in captivity or might be other
way around ? ^^
never really seen any studies regarding
captive ones, so couldnt tell ^^
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's more stressful for them, because when there are tensions between pack members they can't get out of their ways. European wolves in the wildlife usually only live with their partner and their puppies, not with more adult wolves.
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Midany Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ouch ^^
saw your other pics aswell
with female fights seems brutal
thought it was an omega who died
at 1st sight, since in the wilderness
its usually the case from what
i read before ...

but 1st time for me to learn that European wolves
dont live in large packs rather than families
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TwiliSparkle Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing.
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TheGrandPeanut Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Photographer
Very nice. Amazing creatures.

I hope they pass the German-Dutch border in the next 30 years and the government creates a haven for them.
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They have already come to the north of germany. =) So this sounds highly possible!
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Stripwalker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you so much for all of your wolf pics- you capture the personality of a species that too many see as simply cruel or evil
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all. =) I'm glad if my photos can convey the real nature of these brilliant animals.
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