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21 Fun Facts You Won't Believe About The Wolf

The wolf is one of the worlds favourite animals due to its striking personality and appearance, but what many people do not know about the wolf is that it is an extremely caring animal that is highly intelligent.

The wolf is one of the worlds favourite animals due to its striking personality and appearance, but what many people do not know about the wolf is that it is an extremely caring animal that is highly intelligent. That is just one of many facts about the wolf that you are not likely to know. Here we have 21 more fun facts about the wolf that you most likely have never heard before and we are sure will put a smile on your face.

  1. A wolf pup’s eyes are usually blue when they are born and it takes up to 6 months for their eyes to turn yellow.

  2. When wolf pups are born they are born both blind and deaf. They are also tiny at this point, weighing on average one pound. 

  3. Wolves can hear up to six miles away when they are in a forest, and when they are in a tundra they can hear up to 10 miles

  4. The world population of wolves is 150,000. 65,000 of these wolves live in North America. 

  5. A wolf can eat up to 20 pounds of meat in one meal, this is the same as a human eating one hundred hamburgers in one sitting. 

  6. Wolves can swim up to 8 miles due to their small webs between their toes. 

  7. The smallest wolves in the world can be found in the Middle East, where they weigh around 30 pounds. The largest wolves can be found in Alaska and Canada and they weigh up to 175 pounds.

  8. Wolves were the first animals in the world to be placed on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list in 1973. 

  9. A male and female that mate usually stay together in a pact for life, they are devoted to one another and their family. They really live up to the saying till death do us part, as they look after each other even when one is in ill-health. 

  10. Wolf packs range in all sizes, some wolf packs contain only two or three wolves, whereas others can include up to 30, and sometimes more.

  11. The Greeks believed that there was a high possibility that someone who ate the meat that came from a wolf killed lamb would turn into a vampire.

  12. Wolves live on average 6-8 years and can live up to 13 years in the wild. That being said wolves kept in captivity live longer and up to 16 years.

  13. Male wolves weigh more than females. Male wolves weigh 70 to 110 pounds, whereas female wolves weigh 60 to 80 pounds.

  14. Wolves can run very fast and their average travel speed is 5 miles per hour, which is quick for an animal. That being said, their sprinting speed is 36 to 38 miles per hour when running short distances.

  15. The food that they enjoy eating includes animals such as deer, moose, bison and caribou.

  16. Wolves run in groups known as packs. These packs are made up of a male and female parents, and the pack includes their pups from previous years.

  17. All the wolves within a pack will help when it comes to looking after the pups. This means they will bring them food, including for the mother, and play with them. This is similar to humans babysitting.

  18. Wolves are one of the most popular spirit animals in the world. This is because a lot of people feel as though they can identify with wolves due to their high intelligence and protectiveness, paired with a caring side.

  19. Wolves have an extremely loud howl that is hard to miss. It is something that many of us are aware of and could likely reenact. This is a primary communication tool used between wolves and their packs and the howling can determine the size and strengths of other packs and the threat of a situation.

  20. Wolves have a lot of respect for one another and they will die for each other. This is because wolves have such strong bonds of love with their pack that they will sacrifice themselves if it means the others can live.

  21. There are drawings of wolves found in caves across Southern Europe that were drawn from 20 B.C onwards. 

If you think your spirit animal is the wolf, and you love them just as much as we do, make sure to check out our wolf spirit animal in a matchbox here to find out just how much you have in common!


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