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

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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REINDE-ER Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:jsenn:
    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!
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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) ratshaman.deviantart.com/galle…. If You have the time of course. Thanks. And I hope the rest will get better soon.
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KeennaK Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know that wolf and I'm almost crying too...
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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:
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aidan-wulver 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.
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Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
beautiful shot :) but good bye old friend!
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Dorota97 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Beautiful :heart:
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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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belbin2 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Out, out brief candle
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koshplappit Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsympathyplz: I am sorry for your loss. And the wolf pack's loss. I hope they will regain health soon.
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
RIP Atila. Sad, that he died but also sad that the zoo denies/does not accept the fact, that the other wolves have mites. As stressing as this might be for the whole pack and immunesystem-lowering, that does not cause the whole fur to fall out and body to itch so terribly. They should quickly act against the mites.
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
huh, Lunchi, they say that the several tests simply did not comfirm any parasite. They were trying to find it, but they did not :shrug: I somehow trust those who see those wolves in person, you know? I hope they know how to do their job :(
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
yeah I understand. Its just weird that they feel so itchy that they scratch themselves until they are bloody. I find it hard to imagine that it only has to do with stress. I can imagine that their stress makes their immune system weak and thus let parasites of any sort have a better chance to infect them but to be so naked and bloody totally reminds me of mites as some other dev-art-members here mentioned.
I could think that they did tests where the mites were not visible (hair collection/blood/stool)... and they still are there. It happend with my budgies in 2009. I had to give 3 stool samples until the vet found the eggs of the roundworms. They were simply not always available in the stool.
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woxys Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I do not know, but I am a reasonable human and when I am very very stressed over something, I have also pretty afwul physical results and yeah, I sometime scratch myself a lot :(
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Haxixus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooo!:iconruncryplz:
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Libella92 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Oh noo... it is so so sad! :(
I hope the pack will now get well soon..
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Nameda Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am sorry but I am glad that there are no serious illnesses of the wolves I hope they recover soon
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RCDeviant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
so sad to hear this
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know how you feel. Ruedi of Wolfpark near Battle Ground, IN died late last year. It came as a shock!

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BigPolarFox Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I didn't knew him, but I can see how you love him. :cling:
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misty130 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Tonight, every clan member in my pack will offer a moment of silence and a prayer for your fallen friend, may he rest in peace, and may you one day meet him again, on the path of rainbow bridge.
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almophada Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
they reflect so many things we have inside us, I like to think that they make us better...
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red-sunfox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
</3
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vifairytail Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aow, cute, I want to hug him!
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
RIP dear Atila.
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Kichiwren Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Try reading a poem called "The Rainbow Bridge" it's a very good one. I think it will help you feel better. I am happy that the pack is not ill though.
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misty130 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I agree, when i lost my only friend Teddy the cat, I was devastated but the Rainbow Bridge poem helped me through it.
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow I never would have thought of that. I'm glad you found a reason at least. Very sad, I hope they can establish a new alpha and get better!!
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xD-GreyWolf-xD Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To je mi tak strašně líto:( byl to nádherný vlk, s krásnou osobností.. je to velká ztráta.. Je mi to tak líto.. doufám že se z toho smečka brzo vzpamatuje..
už na této fotce ale jde vidět že něco není dvakrát dobře.. hlavně pak na očích..
budu držet Brněnské smečce palce...

odpočívej v pokoji Atilo...
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DarkNova50 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
It's good that you remember all the good times you had with him.

Thanks for sharing those memories with us.
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DompteurLoup Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always hard loosing someone you formed a bond with..
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spiritwinned Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
It's so touching how much the pack feels the loss of their leader. The news is sad, but Atila's legacy does indeed live on - in his pack, in his pups, and in the many many photos you took of him!
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charlenequek Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww :hug: he's watching over you.
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carmel365 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She was a beautiful animal. I am very sorry.
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NikIsMyBaby Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I made this for you,
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library9 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
sad title but good picture
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EclecticRat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww :(

But I'm glad they discovered the reason behind the pack's situation. Stress does some interesting things. I hope soon they will recover despite such a loss. :hug:
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DarkHeart9595 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw Atila :(
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dbzkhlvr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NOOOOO! D': That is so sad...I loved all of your pictures of him...
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lokiwolfdog Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutly stunning animal! So sad that he passed!
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cinnamongirljet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh Akita D: RIP
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EinfariMarie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I'm so sorry Woxys. Atila was always my favorite animal that you took pictures of. How old was he? RIP Atila. You will be missed.
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DragonMyths Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:( oh... Thats indd sad yes.. Well, I think he will lives on in your heart :) ;) But I can Imagin you loved him very much..
And also for the other wolves indd..
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww, that is such a sad story... :(
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Howling-Crew Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
:( aww
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icefang829 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry to hear this. I love Arctic Wolves. But look on the bright side. He had pups and the parents teach their pups how to hunt, fight, and all sorts of wolf things. He might have rubbed off on them too. It would be like he was still there. But he is in a better place.
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DoitsuMelons Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Im so sorry for your loss.
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beastadh4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
That is sad and killed my morning, I hope the pack gets back to normal and chooses a new alpha soon. Sorry this beautiful wolf died.
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