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Wolves have many unique and excellent characteristics that anyone can be surprised to know. Though wolves are the ancestors of dogs, but apart from dogs, they have many excellent and unique qualities that make them special and attract people to domesticate them. There are many things about wolves that are quite interesting and amazing, Know the 15 most amazing and interesting facts about wolves in this article.
1: Wolf Puppies
Wolves puppies are born deaf and blind, and stay for up to four weeks.
Wolves' pairs give birth 4 to 6 pups on average, the puppies are born blind and deaf and when they begin exploring, they rely on smell. Wolf puppies stay blind and deaf for up to four weeks, Bitches with pups in in underground dens to care and feed their pups.
2: Wolf’s Hearing Ability
The Wolf’s hearing is twenty times better than human’s. They can hear from the distance of 6 miles (9.65 Km) in the forest.
The ability of the wolves to listen is extraordinary, they can also hear from the distance of 6 miles in the forest and 10 miles away in the Icy fields or more open fields. A wolf’s hearing is twenty times better than a human’s weather dog's hearing is 16 times better than humans.
3: Wolves Running Stamina
Wolves are marathon runners who can roam around 125 miles (200 km) in a day.
Wolves are great athletes who can run continuously for 20 miles and can roam up to 125 miles, in a day. Wolves can run for about 2 miles at a speed of 25 miles per hour. Their maximum running speed of them can be up to 40 miles, the average running speed of wolves is 25 miles per hour.
4: Excellent Swimmers
Wolves are excellent swimmers, who can swim up to 8 miles (13 less) in a day.
Wolves are very good swimmers, there are one among only a few animals who hunt their prey in the water too. Sea wolves, can swim in search for prey for a distance of about 7 to 8 miles.
5: The Tallest Wolf
Maned wolves are the tallest wolves that can grow up to 35 inches.
The Maned wolves are native of the High Grass Savannas region, whose color is red and legs are of a mixed color of black and red. These are the tallest wolves who can grow up to 35 inches tall. The average height of Maned wolf is 33.5 inches.
By the way, their genetic research shows that they are not real wolves, they are a different species like Dingo and Indian Wild Dog.
6: The Largest Wolf
The largest wolf ever was a gray wolf, weighing 175 pounds (79.30 kg) and height 32.00 inches.
Gray wolves are native to Eurasia and North America, which are considered to be the largest wolves. Having the average weight of males 40 kg (88 lb) and females 37 kg (82 lb). Their average length and height measure 105–160 cm (41–63 in) in length and 80–85 cm (31–33 in) at shoulder height.
7: Diet and Digestive Capacity
A Wolf can eat up to 20 pounds (9.00 Kg) of meat in a single meal, and 33 Pound (15.00 Kg) in a day. They can also survive without eating for 12 to 15 days.
Wolves are the pack hunters, who hunt medium or medium to large sized animals (mainly roe deer, red deer, wild boar, chamois and Moulton), they also hunt small prey like rabbits and can eat the carcasses of dead animals.
They have the extraordinary digestive capacity, the one full grown wolf can can eat up to 20 pounds (9.00 Kg) of meat in a single meal, and 33 Pound (15.00 Kg) in a day. They can also survive without eating for 12 to 15 days.
8: Vocal Communication
Wolves can make 21 different types of howling 'dialects'.
The howl of wolves is their natural way of vocal communication, they do howl to communicate and can make 21 different types of howling 'dialects' but they rarely bark or yips.
According to a research, Wolves make different howl to convey the specific messages. You can notice the difference between the two howl, when they howl to send a signal of their location to one of their companions lying in the hunt and another when they howl to keep away intruders in their area.
In a pack of wolves, only the alpha male and female mate and produce the cubs.
Only alpha Mail and Female do matting and produce cubs, the other members of the group take care of these pups. No other members of the group can mate, although they are capable of mating and producing pups.
The other male of the group can't dare with the fear of alpha-mail and many female wolves are unable to get into the heat due to the fear of the alpha - female.
10: The Ancestor of The Wolves
The ancient animal called Mesocyon, are the earliest tracked ancestor of wolves.
The Mesocyon also called the "Middle Dog", which is an extinct creature of America, the scientists believe that they were the ancestors of wolves. Their fossils are found in Oregon, Southern California and Northern Great Plains of America. Though many people believe that the wolves evolved from Mesocyon, but some also believe that there is no reliable evidence to prove that.
11: The Friendliest Wolves
The Mexican Gray wolf, also called "El lobo" is very friendly and social animal.
The Mexican Gray Wolves are very social animals, which are Commonly referred to as "El lobo". Unfortunately, they are introduced to endangered, only ~300 Mexican Gray wolves were counted worldwide in the year 1998. They have presence in Southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, western Texas and northern Mexico.
12: The Smallest Wolf
The Ethiopian Wolf are the smallest species of wolves.
Ethiopian Wolves are smallest wolf species, also called the Simien jackal or Simien fox. They are native to the Ethiopian Highlands, which are introduced to critically endangered.
The Adult Ethiopian Wolf can be 21–24 inches tall and weight measure, male 14.2–19.3 kg (31–43 lb) and females 11.2–14.15 kg (24.7–31.2 lb).
13: Classified to Endangered Species
Wolves were introduced to critically endangered in year 1970. They were the first animals in the Americas, classified to endangered, in year 1973.
Wolves were classified to critically endangered in the year 1970. But their population is quite increased till the year 2015, and now they are out of endangered category, but still many wolf species are on the verge of extinction like Ethiopian wolf, Himalayan and Indian wolf.
14: Extinct Wolf Species
The "Twenty Four" species of wolves have become extinct.
Many species of wolves are still critically endangered and many have already become extinct. There are about 24 wolf species already extinct, many people also believe that the actual count can be much more than this.
15: The African Golden Jackal (Wolf)
African Golden Jackal is actually a wolf.
The African Golden Jackal is found in the African region of Senegal, Nigeria, Chad, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Kenya and Egypt, and in Tanzania, who was considered a species of jackal for a long time. But their DNA test confirmed that actually they are a subspecies of wolves, which is a mix of gray wolf and Ethiopian wolf.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on August 14, 2020:
I love dogs. They are my companion. Wolves are wild.
ARADHYA (author) on August 13, 2020:
I agree with you, from a pet point of view dogs are much better than wolves.
pinky singh from Balliya on August 13, 2020:
there are many similarities between wolves and dog but dogs are the best friends of men, not wolves. isn't it.