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

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


Hi!

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:







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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!
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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:
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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...
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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.
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Blackflame23 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's so sad...I hope they survive. <3 :'(
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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.
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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.
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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)"

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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.
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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 ;)
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alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Male born in 2003 (he seems to be ok and fit), females in 2005...
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alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow so their actually younger? Hmm I hope they're okay :/ Maybe having pups wears them out quicker or something
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Rosshi Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
What a sad new!! I really hope that soon the wolfs recover and return to be wonderlful and hairy
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really sorry to hear that, i hope the wolves will be well :huggle:
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YugiKitten Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I can say is awww
I hope theyll all be ok >:
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daigonite Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Usually they'll take them inside to a treatment facility and care for them if they believe that they will not be able to survive the winter months. She should be ok unless she contracts an illness.
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think there is much to stop old age. The keepers try to make the wolves comfortable, the wolves nature is unaccustomed to equating luxury to living. 9yrs is pretty old for canines, equivalent to being 63 as a person. They're still beautiful in a primal, ancient kind of way.

Regardless of what the guide said or may have worded her statement it may have had the same message of 'They're getting old and may die soon.'
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ChiccaNeko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I fell sad for them.....great shot :)
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XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I feel sorry for the wolves. If that's true that their lifespan is short, then I would cry -__-. From your photos, they do look beautiful especially the females.

I love Wolves and other species of Dog.
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tigerpaw31 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   General Artist
yes it's very sad but thats the way of life!!!
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
sadly for that old wolves :(
some havent the chance to survife.
but better, die early, instead of laying down a long while with pain, until the end.
thats hard, but life is hard.
think positive.
there are the youngsters from them, their genes and memories are still alive :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
let's see... maybe she will survive :( she had so many babies, made that made her body so tired. Atila is older than her and he still looks good...
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
its also a thing of rank in a bunch of animals. and which illness they had in their life.
sorry, im sure you know that.
but i think, also the keepers do the best, to bring her through winter.
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Orelh Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
In my opinion Wolves should be free or live in open Nature Reserves, becouse i think for example zoo can be too restrictive for them.
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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I do not think so. Moreover, this ZOO has HUUUUUGE exhibit for them. They can run, bath, climb, have their privacy. It is the best wolf exhibit I know and I have seen many of them :)
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Orelh Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Ugh, i'm jellous, i wish see some wolves live ^^. Well, if it is huge, as you said, i don't have any objections, but there are some zoo's that haven't good conditions for animals, and that's a little sad. But i'm glad that somewhere wolves are free and live happy :3
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woxys Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
of course, I have the same opinion - I hate bad ZOOs :( but I very lucky to live in a country, whose ZOOs are really, really nice, providing good conditions for animals, even breeding very endangered specoes :D
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Orelh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
You live near me, i'm from Poland, so i must visit Your ZOO as soon as i can :D
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Redaxelnax Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Gorgeous shots of them :)
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bibow12 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thats really sad...:cry:i hope she will be all right...
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Luffy0001 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Noeeees :noes: I hope she survives through the winter as well. I love wolves.
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AustrynThompson Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
</3 :heartbreaker:
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exia-4ever33 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'm glad that you have a heart for these animals. well if she doesn't make it, i know that you're not the only one whom would be sad. but don't worry, she will be going to a place where the wolf would sit next to the lamb
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BloodstainedKatana Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor baby. :( Forgive me - I don't know much about wolves - but is there still time for her to grow her coat? Is it possible that she could pull through and get fluffy?

I'm kind of surprised that the zoo staff aren't stepping in and pulling her out to get special care, even if it's just keeping her in a warm indoor area. I guess I don't really know how Czech zoos (or any other zoos, for that matter) work, but I know here in the US zoos generally do whatever they can to keep the animals alive. In fact our local zoo, during the winter months, ships most of the animals off to private owners who house the animals in special facilities until the warmer months come around.

Regardless, I hope she makes it through.
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Laya-DragonAngel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Artist
<3 sending out my love to them through you :hug: You capture their lives and hold their place in history here... What you do is beautiful. We all grow old and die, but it doesn't make it any less sad~
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fireycheetah Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww I'm sorry that this is happening :( But it's a thing of life and nature. There are more pups that will soon grow up though :)
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DragonsRage24 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
wolves are wonderful, dedicated family animals. I am sure the pack will do whatever they can to care for them to make sure they are warm/fed and such. It does look like their fur is coming out rather than having a coat come in (it almost looks like they are experiencing yearling shed, which is strange). Regardless, my thoughts are with them, and I will see what info. I can gather for you. Please keep us posted if you can <3
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Mauser7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They look tired, and not in just a "I need a nap" tired. Poor critters.
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BountyHunterMacko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Photographer
Some times it hard for the zoo keepers to talk about in a true way. When one of our samatrin tiger cub was missing I ask the keeper and he flat out said she died, no nice easy way to say it but you could see that the keepers wanted to talk as little about it as they could. When you are around people all day it gets emotional when asked. I cried when I heard and I had seen it grow from the outside of the fence, these people help raise them. Its like loosing a child for them. They wont admit it to anybody though.
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dogboy09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
That's when you dress them up in a doggy coat. =)
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Kittygirl7878 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
they should live through. I like it when they get fluffy
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Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
it is a reality that must be faced, though it is never easy. I have had a lot of wolves in my life and when I lose one I still cry. However, after doing it as long as I have you begin to see the signs and have to make hard choices. If they are close to death then the best thing would be to put them to sleep. Otherwise they would have to struggle just to feed themselves, they would move to the bottom of the pack eating chain and there would be fights from other wolves who would want to take their food.

It is sad but it is better that the zoo keepers notice it now, than find a dead bloody wolf in the enclouser.
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TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
That's life I'm afraid. I think she has had a good life here and lots of pups and company. They can't live forever :(
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FreakxOfxNature Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
aww poor wolves :( I hope they make it through
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larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that's so sad that they have not yet got their winter fur, but hopefully the caring pack instinct will come into play in the winter, and the others will try to keep them warm. i'm not sure if in the wild they would just leave them to fend for themselves (survival of the fittest and all that), but i believe in captivity, because of the lack of threat and fighting for food, they become more caring of one another, so perhaps they will be alright!
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StudioGhibliRocks Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
:(:( thats so sad. I really hope she fluffs back up soon. its makes me sad to see animals looking like that. :cry: maybe you should let her know how many people over the internet love her. :) :hug: As long as the zookeepers don't give up on her, she soon make it.:hug:
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StudioGhibliRocks Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
*should, not soon*
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WolfArt-Rusher Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Prayers to the older pack members, I hope they can survive the winter. :)
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FairyStoryteller Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Poor thing...they grow old fast, when they give birth to a lot of pups...
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wandering-dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Awww, the pups in the sixth picture look so adorable wrestling with each other. Really hope that all the older wolves make it through the winter as well.
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