Wolves and How to Save Them ๐Ÿบ | Mission Animal Rescue


LEO: HELLOOOOOO OUT THERE! IT’S ME, LEO, HOWLIN’
AT MY WOLF BUDDIES. OH, AND AT MY
PEOPLE FRIENDS TOO. WANT TO KNOW WHAT
I’M HOWLING ABOUT? HOW COOL WOLVES ARE. AND WHAT WE CAN
DO TO SAVE THEM. FROM NOSE TO TAIL,
WOLVES CAN BE AS TALL AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER. THEY’RE THE LARGEST WILD
CANINES IN THE WORLD. THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID
CANINE, AS IN DOG. YOU KNOW, THOSE SUPER FLUFFY
DOGS WITH BOWS IN THEIR HAIR? WELL, THEY’RE ALL A
PART OF THE SAME FAMILY. AND JUST LIKE A FAMILY,
WOLVES HANG AROUND IN PACKS. THEY COMMUNICATE WITH
EACH OTHER BY HOWLING. SOMETIMES A HOWL CAN
MEAN, “HEY, WHAT’S UP?” BUT OTHER TIMES THEY’RE
SAYING, “BACK OFF.” EACH MEMBER OF A WOLF PACK
HELPS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THEY EAT, SLEEP, HUNT
AND DEFEND THEIR TERRITORY TOGETHER. THEY’RE TOGETHER 24/7. IF I HAD TO SPEND THAT
MUCH TIME WITH MY SISTER… YEESH. IN A PACK, EACH WOLF
HAS A ROLE IN THE FAMILY. THE PARENTS ARE THE LEADERS, FOLLOWED BY MID-RANKING
ADULT WOLVES. RANK ISN’T ABOUT A WOLF’S
SIZE, BUT ITS PERSONALITY. THE LARGEST WOLF IN THE
PACK COULD END UP AT THE BOTTOM IF HE’S TOO
QUIET, THE CLASS CLOWN, OR AN OBEDIENT FOLLOWER. THIS ORDER DETERMINES WHO
BREEDS, WHO EATS FIRST, WHO SLEEPS WHERE AND
WHO BABYSITS THE PUPS. DID YOU KNOW THAT
WHEN WOLVES ARE BORN, THE PUPS ARE THE SAME SIZE
AND WEIGHT OF A CAN OF SODA? I WONDER IF THEY
COME IN A SIX-PACK? YOU CAN USUALLY SPOT A WOLF
DEN BY THE PUP’S CHEW TOYS. LIKE BONES AND STICKS,
SCATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE AND COVERED
IN TINY BITE MARKS. WOLVES HAVE LIVED ON ALMOST
EVERY CONTINENT ON OUR PLANET FOR HUNDREDS OF
THOUSANDS OF YEARS. BUT EVEN THOUGH WOLVES
ARE FIERCE CREATURES, SOME ARE IN DANGER
OF GOING EXTINCT. THROUGHOUT HISTORY,
WOLVES HAVE BEEN POISONED, TRAPPED AND SHOT TO CLEAR LAND
FOR AGRICULTURE AND HOUSING. UNTIL THE 1970’S, WOLVES WERE
ON A PATH TO BEING ENTIRELY WIPED OUT IN THE UNITED
STATES, EUROPE AND ASIA. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT,
THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE US, PEOPLE SHOUTING FROM THE
ROOFTOPS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT WOLVES ARE TO OUR ECOSYSTEMS,
WOLF POPULATIONS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK. I MADE THESE COOL WOLF
MASKS OUT OF PAPER MACHE. HEY, I THINK I HAVE
ENOUGH FOR MY WHOLE PACK. NEXT TIME WE HANG OUT,
WE’RE GOING TO TRY EATING LIKE WOLVES. WELL, NOT RAW MEAT. BUT MY PARENTS WILL GRILL
SOMETHING AND THEN WE’LL EAT IT WITH OUR BARE HANDS
TEAR INTO IT WITH OUR TEETH. WE’LL REALLY
“WOLF” IT DOWN, EH? YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE
WOULD BE SO FUN? WE COULD MAKE A DEN
FOR THE WHOLE PACK. ALL WE’D NEED ARE
SOME BRANCHES, CARDBOARD BOXES AND SHEETS. THE ONLY RULE WOULD BE: NO
CHEWING ON THE FURNITURE. NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN TO HOWL. WHAT ARE YOU GOING
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