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November 13, 2011


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Some sad news about wolves (?) and PHOTOS of them

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 13, 2011, 1:48 PM


I must say I am a bit nervous :( I visited ZOO Brno few times in last few weeks and I see that one of three oldest pack members is not fluffy yet :( ZOO Brno's oldest wolves are Atila (male) and Alex and Clair (females, sisters). Arctic wolves live only some 7 years in the wild, but can have much longer life in ZOOs. But while Atila still looks nice and fluffy, both females look somehow... "used" this year :( maybe it is because they gave birth to so many pups and they also used to have some fight (at least one serious two years ago). When you look at their faces, they start to remind of those photos of very very old wolves you can see here on dA :( and one of the females (I do not which one of them is Alex or Clair) starts to lose fur, her back and hips are moulted :(

Last time I was watching wolves, ZOO guide came, saying "Do you see that moulted wolf there? It is one of our breeding females. Poor one "už to má asi za sebou"." Saying "už to mít za sebou" is quite rough way how to say in Czech, that somebody is close to death or already dead :( she said it in a SAD, not cynical tone, but I still think she could choose another way how to speak about it....

I am afraid that the female might not survive winter with so short fur :( But I hope I am wrong..... I really like oldest members of ZOO Brno's pack, I prefere them to young ones. I would miss them...

Some photos. The first one presents Atila, other ones taken with SLR camera show current look of Alex and Clair. And the last photos taken with Canon Powershot (last 4) are old ones, showing the females, when they were younger :heart:

Thanks for every :+fav:!

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ChristianCanid Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I'm very sorry to hear this. When I hear bad news about animals, I'm comforted when I think of how the Bible says that God takes care of them, and is in control of what happens in their lives... including when they pass away. I hope they stick around for years to come. God bless!
moonlightbird Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Poor wolves. :( I love them so much, the white wolf is my absolutely favourite animal. I also was just in a wildpark and watched there grey wolves <3 :hug:
ZuKoBaBe Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
poor puppies, i hope they'll all be okay. i watch a lot of vet channels and i saw this one program that had wild wolves, they were trying to capture her because she was so weak from so many litters of pups. but i hope these wolves will be okay. it's so sad to see wolves when they're weak...
DreamertK Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
At the ZooH in Zurich they've got a petition to save the wild wolves from being hunted. If anyones in that area they should go sign it.
Blackflame23 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's so sad...I hope they survive. <3 :'(
Zombie-Kumos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I'm not trying to be heartless/ruthless about the situation. I love wolves, and it's sad to hear she's having complications but... really?

The zoo worker (not a vet I'm assuming) is saying the wolf is "going to die" all because she's not growing in her winter fur? Yet she has every year except this one and now has hair loss? I mean, she's not a vet. She shouldn't be saying things like that. :/ She's got no right.

As someone mentioned earlier; mange. Just because the other wolves aren't as far along as her with mange doesn't mean they can't have it. There's two types of mange; one that is treated with baths and medication, the other sadly, isn't as treatable, can spread to people even and more often than not, the animal is put down. Only because of the pure insanity of itching it inflicts on the animal, the animal can only focus on itching and doesn't think of even eating sometimes.

A simple skin scrape should be able to determine that. The wolf isn't that old really compared to the wolves at the zoos where I live, she should be fine as long as the zoo has good veterinary staff who will do whatever it takes to make sure the animal is cured, or at least doesn't suffer.

However, if they don't do anything and just put the animal down, that's just cruel, and they shouldn't even call themselves a vet. :|

Though the pictures are wonderful, I don't understand why favouriting this journal is really necessary. Sure, it gets the message out but there's nothing anyone can do except the vets. It's sad and all, but it's not going to make the wolf get better if something is wrong, and it's not going to get anything accomplished, except for more page views/watches on DA.

Not being bitchy, just being honest.
woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
There are probably another indicators, that she might die :no:

mange - I would not say it is mange...

I don't understand why favouriting this journal is really necessary ---- it is not, I just thanked those, who faved it. I did not ask anybody to fav it, I just politely thanked those, who did fav it.
Zombie-Kumos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I highly doubt that, if she did I'm pretty sure the worker would've said "She's sick with (insert thing wrong here)"


I really beg to differ on dismissing mange. :/ Wild animals get it too, and it can even be transferred by people to animals.

Though I do wish for the best on her condition, mange would be easily treatable.
woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
the guide spoke to kids, who were not interested at all, so I really do not think she would speak about any exact cause ;)
alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
It's sad when that king of thing happens, and they do look... tired and they are moulting. I hope their okay this winter, how old are they do you know?
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