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 15 of the most interesting facts about wolves that scientists know…
The reason wolves hunt in packs is they’re not very successful doing it alone…
The whole pack raises the pups, not just the parents.
It’s thought that domestic dogs came from wolves approximately 10,000 years ago.
Poor hunters will be kicked out of the pack for not pulling their weight.
Wolves have a top speed of 35 mph when in full flight.
An adult wolf will eat up to 14 lb of meat a day.
They can smell how tasty you are from a mile away.
The typical howl lasts for 5 seconds and can be used as a rallying cry, warning to rival packs, or one-to-one communication.
Wolves are big softies at heart and are one of the few species to mate for life.
Scientists have learned they communicate with facial expressions such as pulling their lips back to show their teeth.
A wolf’s jaws are so strong it can crush a bone instantly.
They can see in the dark so that they never have to wait until morning to hunt.
A wolf pack will always be moving and spends up to 1/3 of its life getting from A to B.
Their webbed paws allow them to move with speed and agility in the water.
Unlike dogs who shed their fur hair by hair, a wolf sheds its coat in large sheets.
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