[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know that wolf was the first animal ever domesticated by humans? It’s known to be happening more than 10,000 years ago but details are unknown.
If you want to know more about the dearest friends and direst enemies of men, read these facts:
– A male and female that mate usually stay together for life. They are devoted parents and maintain sophisticated family ties. An average amount of pups born from one couple is 4-6.
– The Vikings wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood to take on the wolf’s spirit in battle. They treated wolves as companions in battles.
– Wolves do not make good guard dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and will hide from visitors rather than bark at them. But some people are known to keep them as good pets.
– Wolves run on their toes, which helps them to stop and turn quickly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing down. There are 4 toes on each hind feet, 5 toes on fore feet.
– Wolves have about 200 million scent cells. Humans have only about 5 million. Wolves can feel other animals from a mile away distance.
– Cannibalism is common amongst wolves. Although they eat only injured, sick pack members, those that were killed.
– Immense power is concentrated in a wolf’s jaw. It has a crushing pressure of nearly 1,500 pound per square inch (compared with around 750 for a large dog). If you see the jaws you’ll make sure they are truly massive. 42 strong teeth help to stab, shear and crunch bones of a prey.
– Wolves find dogs delicious. In a battle with wolves only the largest and fiercest livestock guardians such as Caucasian Shepherds may survive.