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Wolves are less dramatic than previously thought - Input Junkie
August 10th, 2009
09:38 am


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Wolves are less dramatic than previously thought

Wolves leadership is apparently only determined by fighting if the pack is made up of unrelated wolves-- as is apt to happen in zoos.

In the wild, a pack is typically a family, and the parents are the leaders.

Not only is it good to see someone saying he got it wrong and is now correcting it, but a lot of werewolf tropes could be reconsidered.

Link thanks to Unqualified Offerings.

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Date:August 10th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked -- shocked to learn The Jungle Book isn't realistic.
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Date:August 10th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Well, the Peter is the Wolf pack is made up of unrelated wolves, so I don't have to change...
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Date:August 10th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Cool. BTW, did/have you ever read Whitley Streiber's Wolfen? Much more family-oriented take on things than many current werewolf books.
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Date:August 10th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
:D If I wasn't already fascinated by wolves, I would be now!
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Date:August 12th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
So I need to rewrite my "Werewolves in Space" RPG campaign?
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Date:August 12th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Hm. At first, I thought I'd have to rethink -- or ignore the new data -- for my Cthulhupunk Strange School play by email. But, the wolfy / werewolfy students there are not family, and are strangers, much like in a zoo. So, I guess it still works.

Awesome to hear someone correcting himself. I really do wish that this meme would enter the culture as being all right on a wider level.
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Date:August 13th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
In addition, werewolves could be influenced by fiction. They're human as much as they're wolves.
Date:August 13th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
One of the attractions in Ontario is the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre. The captive, not-tame pack is easily observed, mostly sleeping. (Here's a nice winter picture.) The interesting thing is that the wolves must know the people are there - the observation bunker is neither smell-tight nor sound-proof. But they don't care.

The centre asks for "no flash photography" - it's amazing how many people can't figure out how to turn off the flash on a modern point-and-shoot camera.

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