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Journal Entry: Wed Jul 3, 2013, 9:54 AM

Hello pals,

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Well, I have news about wolves, as I have promised to keep you informed.
If you do not know what I speak about, check this journal, please!

Poor wolves are ill :( Photos (but with warning)Hi,
today it was the worst ZOO visit ever.
This spring I noticed that the molting (process of loosing the thick winter fur and having just much shorter summer fur) of the wolves is very different from the molting I witnessed during the last years. The wolves looked ill, like having scabs on their faces and bodies.
It made me nervous, so I was curious about my today's visit. I planned to shoot baby wolves.
What I saw shocked me.
ALL the pack members seem to have some skin problems. Less or more serious, all of them are effected, showing symptoms. I do not know if it is mange or so, but it looks horrible. Two wolves (and I am VERY afraid the most ill one is Atila) have almost bare bodies, they lost almost all the fur. All of them keep scratching. What a horrible, horrible sight, I almost cried there :( even the tiny puppy is ill, it was born just few weeks ago, but I see its legs show the signs of the same illness.
I hope the vets will find the cure.
I am soooo down since I saw them toda

Two ZOO Brno's employees answered my question about wolves and one of them was a zoologist, so I think we can consider that reply trustworthy.

So: as you probably already know, my beloved Atila, famous alpha wolf from ZOO Brno, died. He died of old age (10 years). His death is the cause of the current bad state of other wolves. The death of the alpha is followed with a lot of stress, as the hierarchy of the pack is completely crushed and in terrible mess.
The ZOO repeatedly applied tests, trying to find the exact cause of the problems of the wolves, but the tests excluded any illness, fungus or any parasite.

The wolves suffer from Dermatitis. The cause is psycho-somatic.

The ZOO tried to help them, dealing with the situation for several weeks. Now there is the only option left.
The total change of the pack.
The curators now deal with other ZOOs, trying to find a new home for Brno's wolves.
Only Alex, Clair (both were partners of Atila, those three wolves are the founders of the Brno's pack) will stay in ZOO Brno with two puppies born in 2013. But they will be kept behind the scenes or simply in other exhibit.

The wolf exhibit will completely cleaned and also adjusted (I think they will fix and refill the lake).
Then the new male wolf, the founder of the new pack, will arrive.
It might take weeks or months.
I do not even know if the ZOO is going to keep arctic wolves again.

What I know is that my beloved wolves are leaving and I will the most likely never see them again.
It is very hard to say goodbye.
Goodbye, wolves. You teached me a lot about your species, in fact YOU made me love your species in general. You allowed me to witness many special moments of your lives and I will never forget it. Thank you for those hours I could spend with you. Thank you that I could amuse and educate people through the photos of you.
Thank you...

Some memories...

Alex and Clair (sisters born in 2003, ZOO Amnevile, France), soon after they arrived to ZOO Brno.

Atila joined them soon. He was born in ZOO Sosto, Hungary, in 2003.

The first photo of them together...

The first puppies, born in 2008. Male and a female...

Wonderful autumn of that year... The wolves were young, happy and so „fresh"...

A happy wolf means a curious wolf. They came so close to you... I remember how I could not breath when I was alone in the ZOO and this puppy, who had been always so shy, came very close to me to have a look. Such a special moment.

Although it is unnusual, next year, both alpha and beta female gave a birth. An accident divided alpha from her pups, beta used her chance and killed them all. The pack raised her pups.

In 2010, both females gave birth again, but this time they care for the puppies together in harmony and all the babies survived... The same situation was repeated next year.

Atila and a puppy.

I will always :heart: you, Brno's wolves :hug:

It was hard to say „bye" to Atila, now I am „losing" whole the pack I loved.
I think you will miss them too, right? :(
I did my best to bring you news about their lives and so, I hope you already know them :(

(Hm, some papers comment that new male might be the change, while the old females would stay, forming a new pack with him. But I do not believe it. Females are old (already 8 years) and very "used" after many puppies... so I do not think the male wolf will the the only change.

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raintalker Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
This makes me feel sad :( Isn't there a way for you to at least learn where they will  deport the rest of the pack? So you could visit them at least some time in the future? ...
drawntoanime Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
all wishes that they are okay for their lives,They must have a better life then that
Genoveva612 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
so sad ;(
they had a wonderful life all together, and you showed it to us. thank you!! :heart:
Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Aww...I'm so sad to see them go.. they were a joy, and you have been a blessing by bringing us closer to those secret animals that so few of us get to know. They're so misunderstood. I'm grateful to you for showing the world the true and dynamic lives of the arctic wolves. Thank you so much, and ..bye bye, Atila pack of Brno.
RiverEcho Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no :( I'm sorry for the pack. Best wishes for them. Thank you for the update.
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Aww no what a shame :( We will miss them, but if it's to help them recover then it's for the best. I'd be happier knowing they're away and healthy than staying there ill :3
Daughter-of-Hidan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Awh, I'm crying. :(
Redaxelnax Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
So sad for the pack to have to be split up like that, I hope they all find happiness and structure in their new homes
jayzelle90 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry to hear about this devastating news. I wish the best for you and the wolves and I would like to thank you for sharing their lives and your love with all of us. I have grown to love them and will miss seeing them.
earthroot117 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
FrodoGoofball Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I am very sorry to hear this.

My parent's dog Nutmeg was having similar symptoms. I thought she had mange, but the vet believes that mites from the squirrels she chases (one of whom WAS constantly itching when not eating, running, etc.) had burrowed into her skin. She lost large areas of fur and was miserable for months. She had to have poison dripped onto her back to remove them, and has never fully recovered.
Cloudstreaker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: So sad but at least you had the opportunity to share their life with everyone :)
CarolineCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
This makes me cry. I will miss seeing your pics of them.
God-like-thing Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sounds like someone needs to throw a pack of some antidepressants at those wolves.
Of fill their habitat with marijuana smoke
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
This breaks my heart to hear :( wishing the best for the wolves and hopefully a place that can warrant them to get better from their condition. Wishing you the best in this transition. I know it can't be easy. I'm so sorry to hear about Atila. I know he lived a long, fulfilling life and boar some great children to pass on his legacy.
Barabi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ach jo..tohle mě rozbrečelo :c Je mi to strašně lí, čím si museli a stále musí projít, a stejně tak Vy. Doufám, že na jiném místě se zase vzpamatují a bude jim lépe a přijmou nového člena Alpha, a že Vy se s tím dobře vyrovnáte a budete mít šanci se dozvědět, jak se mají..
suezn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you for sharing this news. I pray they will recover in their new environment. Thank you for sharing the photos as well.
Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, man! I'm so sorry to hear that! :C
Spottedflames Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's a shame to hear :(
At least others will be able to enjoy these amazing animals elsewhere, though I can understand your sadness.
moonlightbird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
It is so sad :( Poor white wolves. :( :( :( My favourites :heart: Hope al lthe rest of the pack wil lrecover where ever they go to. :(
Razor13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Think of it this way. Now even more people get to enjoy them and you'll get to meet a whole new pack to love.
hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: The wolves were very well documented by you. This is so sad, I felt I grew to know them. I can not imagine how you must feel :hug:
LupusSpirit Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry... this is such a huge loss for you and others who enjoy watching them. My sincerest sympathy.
Snowstorms Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D; Oh noooos </3 He was so pretty
AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You have my sympathy, Woxys. Hopefully, they will all be able to live in a different Zoo after the death of their leader, Atila. They will probably add another female around the young years of their life, and add a male pup or young adult to start the cycle of life again.
If the 2 females are 8 and Atila was 10, that means he must've been born in 2001, right? Just wondering.
mangafanatic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear what is going on with the pack. Wolves are wonderful beautiful creatures.
sparkleburst Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TheJadeWriterGirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so sorry :(
I hope the wolves get better wherever they're going. And hopefully you will make new memories with the new wolves.
Sum-Of-All-Fears Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh no :( So sad. RIP Atila.
carmel365 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry that this happened. :cry: I hope you feel better soon. :hug:
FairyStoryteller Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I'll miss them. I loved reading of the pack.
8TwilightAngel8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is sad, very sad :( But we can be grateful to Atila and the pack for the joys they gave to you and to the rest of the dA community. Your shot of Atila in the pond i think was the pic that drew me to your page and I've loved his antics and silly faces since. RIP dear Atila :( :heart:

Its also good that they do not have a life threatening or difficult to treat disease. These adjustments to hierarchy are very trying. The Halliburton Wolf Center had this happen in January when 4 of 9 pack members were illegally released (2 died within the first couple of weeks, fatally shot), leaving all female 1-2 year old pups alone with neither male or female alphas. Their pack was destroyed and i believe they will be starting over too.

I hope the zoo does bring in more wolves and that the new ones will make Atila proud when that happens :huggle:
whispersofdragons Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about this...they are truly such beautiful creatures!
spider123357 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Writer
:iconcryplz: I saw the sad face yet I clicked. That's terrible but you need to think of the animals on this. They will get a new alpha male and they will be happier with the new alpha. I know its like losing a close friend. I hope it gets better!
Creativeness Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   General Artist
At least they will live and there wont be any risk of inbreeding, i think in nature wolves wander too, find new families...
J-Wolfe15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Awwwwwwwww, this is so sad. :'(
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful tribute and fantastic photo journalism. I think you should do a whole article on the wolves with pics and send it to the zoo :) Thanks for sharing woxys because of you we got to see and know these great wolves a little too, all the way in a foreign country very far away! So thanks for that :hug:
DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
As long as it is for their well being. Let's be hope they get better.
koshplappit Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so sorry for your massive loss. Hang in there. :heart:
SetanDuival Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;-; -hugs-
Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, Woxys, I'm so sorry for your loss...I can imagine that this is very hard for you. Thank you for taking so many great photos of them. Those included in the journal are so nice! But I think it's a good sign of quality of the Zoo that they do what's best for the animals....and not for the visitors. Be thankful for the many many years you had them and try to remember this - nothing last forever. :petting:
TwinVampire Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats sad, but I hope they will get better.
lenslady Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is all so very sad and my heart goes out to you!! Surround yourself with their pictures, through your tears and heartache, you will smile!! It's always worked for me, and my memories are all the more precious.
GudorHanna1996 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am going to miss Atila the most. They all were such amazing creatures. :(
ChaosToGlory Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
That's so sad. I loved your pictures of Atila and I feel like I've gotten to know him. I really hope the other wolves do better in the new zoos. :hug:
Nameda Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I feel so sorry for you, :huggle: but, they have to do whats best for the wolves maybe the can keep the female pups and put into a new pack at this zoo
CelebsilmaSilnoear Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sad but they will hopefully have a better quality of life and be able to live happily in their new homes. Saying goodbye is hard, but at least you know the zoos are doing what is best for the wolves.
CommissarZach Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So sorry to hear that. Always sad to lose friends, especially such magnificent ones as these.
LegendaryWolves Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hang on a second. i think i got something in my eye. :cry:
Xenophile10 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Writer
I wish those wolves the best. They will be missed by everyone who followed their life stories through your journals and photos. Thank you, :iconwoxys:
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