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January 7, 2013
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Jan 7, 2013, 11:10:08 AM
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Thorns and Leaves by Khalliysgraphy Thorns and Leaves by Khalliysgraphy
Finally I have been able to see my dear ones at Olderdissen again! :heart:
Since Laika's death back in september I've only been there three times, including today. Time has passed, but unfortunately the pack seems to be still very unsettled. On every of my three visits the pack hierarchy has been different. For now it seems like Smilla has relinquished her position as alpha female. Ronja is clearly in charge and Smilla was even acting a bit aloof around Luna. But that doesn't have to mean anything, as Luna is Ronja's shadow. Though Smilla doesn't avoid them, she's actually keeping an eye on them all the time. Also on this picture, standing on the same spot where Laika always used to watch out. What I found very interesting is that while Ronja's and Luna's bodies are full of scratches and biting marks Smilla has like only two tiny scrapes.
I wish I had more time to observe what's going on there.

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

Localisation: Tierpark Olderdissen, Bielefeld, Germany


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jekstro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice one of the Nr. 3.
In fact Luna is the leader of the pack since december 12. Ronja supports on the second rank. Currently the mood inside the enclosure is really peaceful, and i heard something that i really missed in the last few months: The Sound of Ronja!
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Jörg! :giggle: Good to see you here!
Are you sure? It didn't appeared to me like that at all. For me Luna was rather the one who didn't cared for the others and simply was busy with running around hysterically. Like she decided that she doesn't belong to this hierarchy anymore. :XD: Ronja was the one who watched out with tail up, trying to supress Smilla, who simply bit her off.
So now everyone of the four had been top ranked at one time in the last months, eh? (I heard that the TV said Kira would be alpha, holy crap) A bit weird.
I haven't heard one of them howling for two years now. =(
jekstro Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, Luna should never be underestimated.
You are right: Luna is sometimes busy, but not hysterically. For some reason her day runs in a different way. The others are more active in the early morning hours while Luna is sleeping on her hill.
When the others have their siesta after the feeding time, Luna starts moving. At this time no one is closer to Luna than Luna herself and she gives a damn on it what the others do. So she seems to be uninterested. ;)
Ronja is a good actress and this is helpful to strengthen her position. Please keep in mind: Holding of a rank means 30 percent muscles and 70 percent psyche.
Kira and alpha? Well, it was a guess in a time when we got riddles day in day out and everything seemed to be possible.
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The interactions only happened between Ronja, Kira and Smilla I meant of course. :|
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course I do know it's not so much about muscles. :D I just thought that Luna always appeared to be very unambitious about the ranks and uninterested about what the others do. And if you don't lead, then you're simply not a leader. That's why I find this quite astonishing. But well, I haven't seen the girls in a while, Luna's behaviour might has changed. When I was visiting them on monday I just saw Luna speeding along the fence, or dashing aimlessly through the enclosure for about two hours. The interactions only happened between Ronja, Luna and Smilla. There was no chance for me to recognise Luna as the number one. :XD:
I guess I will visit them again tomorrow or sunday!
Ch4pter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks quite similar to Laika here, are they related? Lol. Wonderful photography by the way!
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As much related as litter siblings usually are, haha. :D Thank you!
Ch4pter Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
..Oh...well I did not know that, ahha! Sorry for my stupidness there, it just comes out, lol!
Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's no problem. :XD: But you realised that they look very alike, that's good! :XD:
Ch4pter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They do, especially in that pose.
I loved Laika, she was my favourite out of them all, she was such a beauty. :(
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