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Goodbye, Atila. Goodbye, old friend. by woxys Goodbye, Atila. Goodbye, old friend. by woxys

You know I asked the ZOO Brno about the condition of the pack of Artic wolves ().
Today I got the reply - fast, gentle, full of information... and very saddening at the same time.

Atila, the alpha male of the pack, died of old age.
You know how I loved this fantastic wolf, who trully had a character, so you can imagine how I feel.
This is the last good photo I took of him...

His death caused the current situation of the pack: wolves are stressed, because they lost a leader, which caused the change of hierarchy and lot, lot of stress, so wolves lose their fur and so... The tests did not prove any bacteria or parasites. So the cause of the problem is the death of alpha.

Atila, I will miss you. I will never forget you as I spent so many wonderful moments with you.
It was great to watch you rising your puppies, to see you just running through the enclosure, to see you active, happy, but also lazy. It was fun to watch you chasing your females and how they also chased you during the mating season. It was fun to see you hiding behind the hill when a doggy came closer. You will always be the one of three wolves who were the first arctic beauties which founded the Brno's pack. And you will always live in many pups you've fathered.

Goodbye, my sweet Atila. My funny beloved Atila.
I am crying now
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W0RLD-EATER Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Aww... : (
    Naturally, I've never seen Atila in person (in wolf?) but I remember seeing him in loads of your photos. This is quite sad. I hope the wolves can elect a new leader soon!
Ratshaman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, sorry to hear that, sadly I'm not that familiar with the local pack, but I have a few pictures of them from 2011. Could You please look at them and confirm/deny if Atila is one of them? They're in my gallery, folder: animal photography, should be near top of the first page 3 composed pictures from 7 photographs (i have some more and also some movies, but they're not so good)…. If You have the time of course. Thanks. And I hope the rest will get better soon.
KeennaK Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know that wolf and I'm almost crying too...
xyokiex Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student
The pack will be fine I am pretty shure they will find a new leader, like theire son :) :heart:
raptor-painter Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is terrible news. :( I never knew Atila personally, but I feel like I got to know him fairly well from your photos, and I really liked him! I did a few paintings of him from your photos, as you know, and I have a few of them hanging around the house. I can't imagine how you must feel, woxys, but I will miss him, too! It's sad that he was only 10 - I have read of captive wolves living to be around 14 or so.
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
beautiful shot :) but good bye old friend!
Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Beautiful :heart:
AtlasArtifex Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, thats some powerful stuff hon! Rest in Peace Atila
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