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Tribute to Luna by Khalliysgraphy Tribute to Luna by Khalliysgraphy
Luna
May 2008 - January 2013

I feel like I am really owing that to her.
Poor Luna passed away on 31th January. I already had a bad presentiment when I visited the park in February and she didn't showed up, but when my thoughts were confirmed a week later, it was still a great shock for me. Not so much time has passed since Laika's death and now Luna, too. As far as I know the cause of her death was not really clear first. But when I visited the park another time I found a note at the enclosure that stated she died because of an inflammation.

Standing alone at the empty enclosures (Smilla, Ronja and Kira are still there, but that day only Smilla showed up for a few seconds) made me feel very empty, too. Because of these wolves I started becomming interested in photography; I bought my first SLR camera and my skills envolved while they grew into adulthood. Still, they are not even 5 years old yet. From five sisters only three are left now and it makes me very sad.

This is something every zoo and wildlife park needs to remember: It's really, really not a good idea to jam five even-aged female wolves into one enclosure. They'll start to rival as they mature and especially european wolves tend to be more aggressive towards each other anyway.

But now some words about Luna. Luna was a very expressive wolf with a fascinating character, good in making faces and the sometimes sticking-out teeth were her trademark. Her life was rather stressfull after old alpha Maike died in 2011. She was always quite low-ranked, but Maike liked her very much. Maybe this was also a reason for Laika's (jealous) antipathy towards Luna. Things between them became very tense and on some days Laika even treated the omega wolf better than Luna. Unfortunately their dispute escalated in September 2012 and Laika died. Surprisingly, at the end of year 2012 Luna was suddenly at the top of the hierarchy. Ronja joined her and they formed a quite uncommon dual leadership. Ronja and Luna had become good friends and a strong team over the last two years.
Well ... it shouldn't last. Now Luna is gone. And I hope so much that the remaining three sisters get it together and that they will stay alive a bit longer ...

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Name: Luna
(Sub)species: European Wolf (Canis Lupus Lupus)
Gender: Female
Age: 4 years (May 2008 - †January 2013)

Localisation: Tierpark Olderdissen, Bielefeld, Germany

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The-Diesis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww feels :(
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lianemo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
These are so beautiful!
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Bickhamsarah Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :hug:
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Bickhamsarah Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! C:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting composition! Congratulations!
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very sad and infuriating to read that they'd cram all these animals together regardless of their well being. I guess taking care of a park like this is certainly not easy and you have to juggle with a lot of things, but to the extend that some animals die...
Have a hug, because it is easy to feel you love these wolves a lot :hug:
I hope that the others will be well for now :(
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is indeed. It would be so easy to seperate Kira, who permanently gets into fights with Ronja, from the other two. They live in two enclosures and Kira could easily live alone in the smaller one. But somehow they just don't get that.
Well, it is very difficult, because the park lives from donations and little parking fees (2€) only. There is no entrance fee and so they don't have much money for keepers. As far as I know they are heavily understaffed.
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It sounds easy like you say it, if you can just separate the enclosure into two, I mean, they are not so many now and I'm sure they'd still live better than in a lot of zoos I've been to.

It's sad how they are understaffed... but 2€ ? really ? I guess they could raise it a little and still have some people coming... I've never heard of a park where you can see wolves for only 2€, or I'd be living in a tent nearby ! most of the places I know have at least a 10€ fee for adults... there's a little park right in the middle of the city of Lyon that's free, but I'd rather stay home than see their tiny cages and overall bad state (especially the tigers :'()
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Park somewhere else and you can visit them for free. That's the problem. You really don't have to use the parking area of the park. I don't even know if they really have people to control if a car has a ticket. Olderdissen is quite exceptional. The area is accessible from all sides, there's no barrier or fence. You can even go in after midnight. Well, therefore the park is really good. The sizes of the enclosures for the animals are totally acceptable.
The wildlife parks we have in Germany are usually between 2 and 8€. And ironically to the price the wildlife parks are the best places for animals to live. Our expensive zoos (between 12 and 25€) have their predators (Funnily it's only the predators. The other animals mostly have big enclosures.) live in awfull conditions very often.
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is at the same time SO GREAT, and sad, since it ends in the park having not enough money... maybe they should add a small entrance fee, like 2€ also ?

Yes, the predators always have the worst enclosures... I guess it's because you can mix herbivores all together most of the time without problems, but they have to divide the places for predators. It's been a very long time I haven't been to a real zoo though. And I don't think we have these kinds of wildlife parks in France. There's a wolf park I know thoug, I'd love to go ther one day :D
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gelupeh Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
RIP Luna ): they should separate them, or else they'll keep fighting and dying
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're absolutely right. And it wouldn't be difficult to seperate them, as they live in two enclosures, but they just don't do it. =(
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VinillaBlitz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
;-;

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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=(
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
armes Wölfchen :( aber ein sehr schönes Erinnerungsfoto...
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankeschön.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gern geschehen!
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Synari Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very touching ans insightful tribute. You're a wonderful person.
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for these kind words. They mean a lot to me. :hug:
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Ohhh Stunniing
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Writer
That's so sad :iconsadhugplz:
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is. ._.
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woxys Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I am sorry :( :hug:
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot. :hug:
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NamidaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Writer
RIP beauty :(
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. :(
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NamidaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Writer
<3
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WhiteWolfCrisis13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's upsetting..:(
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, indeed. =/
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Kommandant-Nazir Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm den Tag wie ich sie gesehen hatte sah sie ja auch echt nicht mehr so prickelnd aus... mit ihrer Verletzung. Nach wie vor finde ich es arg fraglich 5 Fähen zusammen zu stecken, wozu es letzt endlich geführt hat sieht man ja... Luna war Toll, ich mochte sie nicht nur vom Ausehen am meisten sondern auch wegen ihrem Lebenslauf, ich meine vom Omega zu Alpha... das war echt schon krass, sie hat troz der ständigen Atken nie aufgegeben. Es ist halt wirklich tragich um sie und ich hoffe das sie nun die letzte war, auch wenn ich es nicht glaube... ich war die Woche auch in Gütersloh mal wieder, doch ich konnte es nicht übers Herz bringen nach Olderdissen zu fahren, ich weiß nicht es braucht Zeit.
Ruhe in Frieden Luna...
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Khalliysgraphy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jap. =( Und es wird einfach nicht besser. Klar, momentan müsste Ranzzeit sein, da ist sowieso alles aggressiver, aber Kiras Hinterteil sieht sooo schlimm aus ... die Wunde ist drei Mal so groß, wie Luna sie immer am Hintern hatte. Da klafft einfach nur eine riesige, offene, blutige Stelle. Ronja ist auch total zermackelt im Gesicht.
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Kommandant-Nazir Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ohh das klingt echt nicht gut... ich schätze echt das das erst aufhört wenn das nur noch 2 oder eine ist...
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