Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. They live and hunt in packs and roam large distances to hunt. They are highly territorial animals and territory size depends on the availability of prey.
A Wolf pack average size ranges from 3 to 30. The pack is headed by a dominant couple i.e. male and female aka the Alpha.couple. The dominant couple are the only ones allowed to breed aka have sex, (“that is to say,” the other members get to live like nuns and monks, else they leave the pack to form theirs. This is usually the case for male Wolves).
The Wolf is the apex predator in his place of domain i.e. Alaska (USA), Canada and Asia. The Bear is the only other animal that challenges the supremacy of the Wolves. One on one, the Bear will kill a Wolf. So it will take a pack of Wolves to take down a Bear.
The Wolf is built for travel. Its long legs, large feet, and deep but narrow chest suit it well for life on the move. It has keen senses, large canine teeth, powerful jaws and the ability to pursue prey over long distances when on the hunt.
A male Wolf is averagely 6 feet long, stands at 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh up to (and above) 65kg. The female Wolf is usually smaller than the Male.
Wolves can kill their prey effectively because of their strong jaws, which can break bones in just a few bites. They eat only meat and feed on anything from the smallest animal e.g. mice, to the biggest animal e.g. the Musk Oxen and the largest species within the deer family namely, the Moose and Elk.
It’s during a hunt that the co-operation, collaboration and team work between a pack of wolves is clearly demonstrated. The Wolves can trail their prey for days before making a move.
During the hunt before the chase, the Wolves assess the herd, looking for signs of weakness. They also factor in the weather and the terrain, as Wolves are more of endurance runners and not speed merchants.
They don’t kill their prey, they just capture the prey and start eating. The prey usually die from shock, muscle damage or blood loss.
They will follow/ chase their prey all day and all night if need be. They have a highly organised social structure which enables them enjoy maximum cooperation when hunting, communicating and defending territory.
The Alpha Wolves eat first, failure to adhere to this might mean death to the disobedient Wolf.
In forming a pack, once a roaming lone Wolf has found a mate, they usually stay together for life i.e. till death do them apart aka no side chick(s).
Communication is essential for animals that live together in family groups e.g. Wolves. Communication helps maintain social stability.
For Wolves, there is non-vocal forms of communication to show dominance or submission. While vocal communication includes growls, howls, barks, whines, yips, whimpers, and snarls.
So what can we learn from the Wolves?
1. Have a commitment strategy (and not an exit strategy): In marriage, in business, in relationship and life generally. Like the Alpha couple of a Wolf pack and like Wolves on the hunt, stay committed to the every end. However, recognise and acknowledge when you need to quit e.g. threat to life.
2. Collaboration, cooperation and team work is essential for success: A lone Wolf usually won’t take on a bigger animal as prey, so it deals only with preys aka project(s) that are smaller and that it can handle alone. But small projects handled by one man don’t usually generate big returns or make big impact. Life is life with others.
What the Wolves lack in size, power and weapons, they make up for with collaboration and intelligence. As animals, they know and value the importance of cooperation and team work, well, so should you.
3. Communicate always and give respect to earn respect: I love my woman very much, but occasionally, I remind her I’m not a mind reader. Because to “assume” is to make an “Ass of U and Me,” so communicate communicate communicate. Vocal please, we all can’t read moods and facial drama aka body language.
The Alpha couple are usually the ones with the strongest leadership skills and organize the pack to hunt as a group. Thus, Wolves understand their place in the line of authority and understand that (true) respect is earned and not demanded. For Wolves who step out of line, they get attacked by the Alpha male, members of the pack and / or get chased out.
Learn to give respect to get respect. However, you can’t give what you don’t have. But like most things, it starts from within, so learn to have respect for self, and you can extend it outward.
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Olumide Holloway (King Olulu).
Building capacity in people using words and poetry.
All the pictures of the animals were gotten online.