They’re ferocious, scary and wild, but just how much do you know about these four-legged carnivores? It’s time to put your years of wisdom to the test by taking a look at some of the most fun facts about wolves that scientists know…
1. There’s strength in numbers.
The reason wolves hunt in packs is they’re not very successful doing it alone!
2. Wolves are family animals.
The whole pack raises the pups, not just the parents.
3. Your chihuahua is descended from wolves!
It’s thought that domestic dogs came from wolves approximately 10,000 years ago.
4. The pack life can be brutal.
Poor hunters will be kicked out of the pack for not pulling their weight.
5. Wolves are seriously speedy.
Wolves have a top speed of 35 mph when running in full flight.
6. Wolves really chow down.
An adult wolf will eat up to 14 lb of meat a day.
7. If you’re a mile from a wolf, it might already be too late.
Incredibly, wolves can smell how tasty you are from a mile away!
8. Wolves are natural sirens.
The typical howl lasts for 5 seconds and can be used as a rallying cry, warning to rival packs, or one-to-one communication.
9. Deep down, wolves aren’t so harsh.
10. Wolves are very expressive.
Scientists have learned they communicate with facial expressions such as pulling their lips back to show their teeth.
11. Take our word for this…
…a wolf’s jaws are so strong they can crush a bone instantly.
12. Wolves have amazing vision.
They can see in the dark so that they never have to wait until morning to hunt.
13. Wolves are always on the move!
A wolf pack will always be moving and spends up to 1/3 of its life getting from A to B.
14. Wolves are agile swimmers.
Their webbed paws allow them to move with speed and agility in the water.
15. Wolves change wardrobes dramatically.
Unlike dogs who shed their fur hair by hair, a wolf sheds its coat in large sheets.
FAQs about Wolves
Are wolves smart creatures?
Yes! Wolves can be exceptionally smart, not just in that they are cunning, but also in that they have emotional intelligence - they look after each other.
Can dogs join wolf packs?
No - it’s thought that a wolf pack would see a domestic dog as a threat, and would therefore attack it.
Can you ever befriend a wolf?
It’s never a good idea to try and befriend a wild adult wolf - they will see you as a threat!
Do you know any fun facts about wolves? Share them in the comments below!