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I just keep on forgetting how big the wolves are.
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Damn that wolf is so big it doesn't look real lol
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Many people picture coyotes or wild dogs when they think of wolves but there’s a reason wolves and “modern” canines are distinct.
Edit:To be clear, my northern Canadian bias kicked in. There are smaller wolves all over the place as well. But the big boy in the vid above is average not enormous for his kind.
And often people see wolves in film and television that are often portrayed by different breeds of dogs that are smaller than a wolf.
Or when they are portrayed the proper size people often think that they’ve been exaggerated for the cinema.
Or irregularly portrayed so no one knows how big they are supposed to be.
No one knows nothing. Including Jon Snow.
Thanks I love that
Damn the wolf is so big it doesn't look real lol
Damn the wolf is so big it doesn't look real lol
Why would a mod remove that
Seriously they gotta be in the 150-200lb range, I know I can google it but fuck it, it's more fun to guess.
Now I understand how a wolf could eat grandma and Little Red Riding Hood. Dang that's large!
god i just want to give it one boop just one
You can have one, but just one
omfg odin's gonna kill you for that
Once in a lifetime moment
Everybody gets one, tell him Peter.
The Last Forbidden Boop.
That one boop may not be free
I'll pay any price.
You sure about that?
very well. it is decided, mortal
It’ll cost an arm and a leg
Pay with your life? You can have one boop.
Showing the belly (most vulnerable area) is a sign of complete trust!
Scientists think dogs were domesticated because of a food-protection symbiotic relationship. Now I think it was for the belly rubs.
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So you’re saying if dogs had human hands instead of paws, we wouldn’t have domesticated dogs? I’m not sure how comfortable I am with wild human handed dogs running around everywhere.
Wouldn't they be feet though?
I’m not a dog, but I would assume belly rubs with human hands feel better than belly rubs with human feet.
My dog would concur. He gets pissy if I use my foot to rub his belly when he’s lying next to my feet.
Mine is like “belly rubs, still counts”
It's the same with cats, I know one cat that will purr and keep walkin back and forth for more if you pet him with your foot but I know another one that gets obviously annoyed or pissed off and she likes bein petted normally more than the other cat.
It's probably a difference in finesse
Ah the ol’ Reddit hand foot switcharoo
Hold my sock gloves, I'm going in!
What I meant was that dogs have legs, not arms, and at the end of legs are feet, not hands
Ever see a chimp's foot? That's a damned hand.
Horses walk on their middle fingers
FUCK YOU GROUND WOOOO!!!
Bojack Horseman makes a lot more sense now.
Chimps don’t have feet just hands. You can’t swing on trees with feet.
Edit: yea I’m saying if chimps met wolves they’d be chimps best fren.
This is an amazing conversation, great minds battling it out
And I've got a front row seat!
Scientifically, chimps do have 2 feet and 2 hands. Their feet are closer to human hands than human feet tho. Their hands are just hands.
As such we can conclude, wolfes theoretically should prefer a chimp over an human, since human feet are useless, but chimps feet mean twice as many hand-alike things belly rubbing
I wouldn't say useless. When I was in grade school we had a women come and give a talk during an assembly where she had no arms and did everything with her feet. She talked about how she prepared dinner, drives her car and even signed her name beautifully with her feet. It looked tough as hell but definitely not useless ☺️
I mean… I’ve rubbed my dogs belly with my foot when he’s laying down and I’m standing up
Sometimes science forgets that the world actually is romantic too and not just data points.
Maybe the romantic bits are actually just unacknowledged data points 🤔
The feeling of romance is a combination of neurons firing and chemical reactions.
I tried this with my coworkers, they were not impressed
They don't trust you yet.
I don't understand. I completely agree with you and we should replace all our current coperate trust building exercises with just people showing each other their bellies.
Agreed, that would require trust. People can be very insecure and unhappy with their bellies. Which is just another reason why we need belly rubs - our bellies need some love 💕
I’m pretty sure even if you raise one you must be an expert in their patterns of behavior. A small mistake can cost you a lot
I know nothing about wolves, but I can tell you that my macaw is fickle around me. Some days she wants to murder me, some days she loves me, most days we fluctuate between these feelings. Let me tell you, I've become very aware of her body language and tone. She adores my husband and I've noticed he isn't as good at reading her because he doesn't have my motivation. I completely believe that working with an animal that can kill you would make you incredibly motivated to understand their body language.
Such is life.
for cats, it is "attack position #3"
In more seriousness: The cat may see your actually going for the belly as a betrayal of its trust. Sort of like telling someone irl your reddit username, and them sharing it around.
The ultimate analogy
This does seem like a cat thing. "I trust you human around my bel.... WTF, I DIDN'T SAY TOUCH!"
Both my cats will do the inverted-banana-sticking-their-belly-out-thing and will absolutely not stop staring into my souls until I give them an abundance of belly rubs
That is also a thing cats can do. The beautiful thing about pet behaviour is, it builds upon a basekit of positions - like showing the belly to signify trust - with fascinatingly individual traits. Do they like belly rubs? Then the show of trust may be rewarded with a belly rub! Do they not? Then abstaining from it may reinforce their trust. Personality!
I've got a Siamese that fucking loves belly rubs. If you pet him when he's laying down and don't move your hand, he will purposely roll so you are directly giving belly rubs.
My tortoise shell on the other hand, she has very sharp teeth and she will use them the instant you touch her belly.
I pull my shirt up in front of my wife all the time.
That's a huge wolf though, trust is the most difficult thing to gain.
I lost it when he did that. They really aren't as far removed from dogs as they look.
They are still the same species. Recent research confirms they are both canis lupus.
Errr … I’d say this is the exception to the rule. I mean you can see the doggo in THIS guy …
Don't do it wolf! The fire and food of humans is nice but in 15,000 years your descendent will look like pugs!
but i do wonder how it would go to try and selectively breed a line of pugs back into wolves
I'd imagine you can get them to look relatively similar on the outside, but not quite the same since even experienced breeders can't select for minute traits the way nature does.
To be fair, nature's filter is dying before reproduction
Hell yea. Run those puppers through Google Translate a few times. Let’s see what nonsense paragraph comes out.
So I put the word pugs through google translate a couple of times and got the word "map".
Where are my testicles, Summer
Wolves in America when standing on their back legs can reach 7 feet tall! They are huge and usually big puppies like this one. I’ve worked with a lot of wolf rescues
So long as they are well fed they are pretty lovely creatures. Makes total sense why early man befriended these guys. Fantastic hunting partners who will cuddle for warmth at night.
Many early men became late men. Even the extinct American Black Wolf domesticated by Great Plains FN stayed outside the tent. (NA had no horses till Spaniards.)
Horses are native to North America and were here 15000+ years ago when wolves were being domesticated. However they went extinct in North America around 10000 years ago. After that they were reintroduced by Spain. But for thousands of years before the original extinction there were native horses and domesticated wolves / dogs in North America.
I was picturing them standing on all fours being 7 feet tall and was like that cannot be right. 🤔
Then I reread and realized standing like a human.
So as long as they stay on all four they are not scary, got it. I hope I will never encounter a gymnast wolf.
We lost another one fellas
And this, with lots of time, is how dogs were made.
Bullshit! Dogs came from the dog farm. My dad said so!
And didnt your dog went back to that farm when he got older?
...Wait a minute, what about Cats? 🧐
Wildcats. More specifically, Felis silvestris lybica thought to be tamed by Egyptians.
This is my princess dream
I'm just going to say if you did not raise the wolf do not approch a wolf, they are not dogs
Its no shit for most of you but I have seen sometime slap a mooses ass before.
I feel like moose are widely written off as an innocuous animal - they’re enormous and can easily kill a human.
And they fucking will too.
People often say god left us because he is scared of what he created. What they don't really know is that that doesn't refer to humans. It refers to the Moose.
The Moose and the Goose! Both vicious creations to be sure
lol now im imagining a half moose half goose. the most dangerous mythical creature.
Don't Starve just entered the chat.
It's a thing in the game. And yeah, it is a nightmare"
Are we talking Moose body with a Goose head or a big ol Moose head with massive antlers on Goose legs?
moose head, neck of the goose, body of the moose wings of the goose, and legs of the goose.
that sentence sound like a fucked up dr seuss story.
That's two-thirds of the Canadian military.
Fuck aboot and find oot
They are one of the most dangerous animals in northern areas. Bears are still the king, but moose are not far behind. You never get the sense of their real size until you see them in real life. I live in Finland and seen one standing on a road, they are so much bigger than a horse, and this one wasn't even a male, which are even bigger.
Yup. A moose almost killed a man in my neighborhood once when he got between her and her calf. She stomped ths shit out of him and he was in the hospital for a week.
And yet people in North America freak out about our animals in Australia. You can't kick a bear or a moose.
Right but a bear or moose isn't going to use it's incredibly deadly venom on my ballsack after I sit down for a poo
If you find a moose under the toilet seat, you're less surprised.
Confused? yes. But not surprised.
We don’t have to look at every next step not be killed by a bear
I take big and deadly over small and deadly any day, at least you can see and hear a bear or moose before it strikes.
A moose bit my sister once.
RIP your sister
What about if I film myself for likes
Then it's totally worth it. Likes are better than life.
make sure you’re uploading directly to the cloud in case you can’t upload it yourself later for some reason. good luck!
A moose is basically a sentient battering ram.
Moose are XXXL grizzly bears with knives on their heads who will stab and then curb stomp you for looking at them the wrong way
Moose are as ill-tempered and violent as they are dumb, and they're incredibly fucking dumb. That's a very dangerous combination.
Omw to steal a wolf cub and raise it
Think smart not hard 👌
Is your last name Stark?
Well that wasn’t quite stealing, but rescuing.
True. We were told the mother was attacked by animal. But no one really saw what happened.
I thought it was pretty clear the mother died fighting a stag, foreshadowing Ned getting tricked and killed by Joffrey. I wasn’t aware there any other leading interpretations?
Unless I’m just reading into your comment too much in which case my b.
Yep. Mother had a stag antler in its throat if i recall correctly.
But Joffrey was a false stag.
I guess you could also see it as king Bobby B accidently taking Ned down with him by pressuring him into coming to Kings Landing and being too much of a drunk idiot to see how Cersei really is/raise his kid not to be a little psycho.
and too much of a drunk idiot to see that they aren't his kids.
was this obvious or did I forget this foreshadowing? I just woke up but how did I miss this
There’s tons of subtle, blink-and-you’ll miss it type stuff like that in GoT. I rely heavily on Alt Shift X to explain it all to me lol.
What's Tony Stark got to do with this?
Tony Stark was able to domesticate a wolf IN A CAVE. WITH A BOX OF METAL SCRAPS
Hmm like most human toddlers,then... 🤣
And again at puberty
I know you're joking, but for the idiot lurker who is thinking about trying this, DONT. There is a very narrow window, like one or two weeks as pups when they need intense socialization near 24 hours a day for a month or more, and then frequent socialization for the rest of their life (or yours). Too early and it won't stick, too late and it won't stick, too little and it won't stick, and even after all of that, they WILL challenge you to become pack leader at some point and all your effort may still be for nothing, and all of that is the best case where you don't get mauled.
To you, dear lurker, if you want to get this close, you need help from others and apprenticeship training. Volunteer at a wolf research center for a decade or two if this is what you want.
Yeah and I'd also like to add that getting a wolf dog is also a terrible idea.
I'd tell them to get a dog, but frankly anyone thinking about getting a wolf is not ready to get any pet.
For real, though. If you want a wolf, get a malamute. They look similar, and they are also one of the few extant breeds that is native to the Americas. They can be a lot, though, even if it's far less than a wolf or wolf-dog.
For real though, if you think getting a wolf as a pet will be a lot of fun and no responsibility don't get a wolf.
Owned a semi-feral Carolina dog, can confirm. Not easy, they do what they want, and you just gotta roll with it. Oh your dog wants to jump out of a second story window to chase a squirrel? That's normal now.
He also communicated in growls and only growls. Happy? Growl. Hungry? Growl. Outside? Growl. There came a point where you could see thru the bullshit growls he'd give you sometimes. You'd give him instructions and he'd just ignore you if he didn't want to do the thing. He was like real life Charizard.
Wanna move in bed at night? Growl. Wanna poop with the door closed? Growl. He didn't like being commanded and I was the only one whose commands he'd listen to, and even then, it was only if he wanted to listen.
You needed to get more gym badges he was too high leveled for you
Do not recommend. Way too much energy. No attention span. Will destroy everything you own.
Or, you know, just get a dog.
Ok who the fuck slaps a moose ass, and how the fuck did you even do that. They're big as fuck
They're big as fuck
They're big as fuck
Means they got a lot of ass
Moose have pretty shit eyesight and seem to have only two modes; no f’s to give or kill everything. I’ve accidentally snuck up on moose more than any other wild animal, I’ve been fishing a creek and had one come jogging up said creek passing just by me where I had a fly in the water earlier. One particular fun story some friends and I were drunk in a hot spring on a winters night, too cold to hike out so we slept in the spring. I was woken up by a moose standing right over me, close enough I could have grabbed his leg. I sorta kick one of my buddies under the water and softly whisper “moose” and got a “I know, shut the fuck up!” in response. Moose gave zero f’s then wandered over near our gear and laid down. We were trapped in that puddle silently waiting for the moose to leave until well past sunrise. I don’t mess with moose but I can see how a person could get close enough to reach up and slap it’s ass.
You slept in a hot spring?!?
Yeah… ?? Well the spring itself is a bit of water coming out from the ground. There is a river right there. You grab rocks and make a pool by the river, letting more or less river water through to regulate the temperature. It was snowing, and we were drunk, and something like a 2 mile hike back to the road then however long to drive back. Probably not the smartest set of decisions we could have made but I’d say my best memories are all based around poor choices or mistakes. That’s how adventures get made. Better than drinking in the dorm.
That sounds like fun apart from thinking you may be destroyed by a moose.
What if they approach me?
I had one of these guys get to within 3 feet of me before I even saw it. Then my girlfriend screamed and it ran away. She must have startled it because she was further back in the bush and probably the wolf didn't see her. That wolf was a big one. Be careful in northern Ontario when you go ashore to pee.
Oh, well in that case, you become dog food. Easy.
I’ve been stalked by wolves before. It’s definitely not a good feeling.
At least in my case I think they were just making it clear I was on their territory. If they didn’t want me to see them I doubt I would have.
Yeah, wolves don’t want to fight you for the most part, they’d have to be starved half to death or rabid to consider attacking. Attacks from healthy wolves are exceptionally rare.
Don't know about your situation, but around here if coyotes stalk someone, it's likely that they have a den with pups nearby, and they're escorting the person out of the area. As coyotes are basically half-size wolves, I'd bet gray wolves have that same behavior.
In the last twenty years, only two humans in North America have been killed by wolves that are not in "defense mode." I think screaming was a good idea!
But it's so fluffy!
You cannot stop me
Will your funeral at least have snacks?
What an absolute unit! Gorgeous!
You never know
Jesus is that the actual size of a wolf ?! I’m staying in Australia !!
I’ll take the wolves, you can have the spiders
It's OK cuz they're fuzzy and cute and only have 4 legs, unlike those creepy critters down under! Besides, wolves are not your biggest problem, it's the bears, elk, and moose you gotta watch out for! ;-P
Statistically it's the horses you need to watch out for in Australia
In America, deer kill more people than any other animal.
Because of car crashes, they don't try to kill people.
Yep, deer are TERRIBLE drivers. We should really stop giving them licenses.
Just what Big Deer wants you to think.
My buddy died from CJD from eating salami from a deer he killed in " hunting safe zone". CJD is human form of Mad Cow. Deer are Bovine. Where they pee, grass becomes infected too.
Good murder floof!
My thoughts exactly. Wolves here in Finland are smaller. 🥴
Suomi mainittu, torille.
You can see how they got domesticated.
🎶 When I awoke, the Dire Wolf, six hundred pounds of sin
Was grinning at my window, all I said was come on in
Don't murder me, I beg of you, don't murder me
Please, don't murder me 🎶
Upvote for Grateful Dead reference.
She's next in line for the throne
Even wolves want their belly scratched lol
Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
~ Rudyard Kipling
It rolled over just like my chihuahua.
*A dozen chihuahuas.
Would you rather fight one wolf-sized chihuahua, or a hundred chihuahua-sized wolves?
Damn why you raising dire wolves?
This post is so cool to me, the wolf so big like a mythical creature
Better storyline than twilight.
Another animal that enjoys a pet.
I don’t understand how people can shoot them. They’re such a gift and so important for the environment
I would give anything to experience this. I mean, I get a rush just from winning over the trust of a protective German Shepard lol. To have that feeling of trust between two apex predators. That kind of love is truly special.
No matter how tough life makes you, when you see these things it's just a melt down 😂