Sunday, July 21, 2013

Being a Wolf - Part 5

We just finished a week of high heat and humidity. Today is much nicer...warm but not as humid. Days of high temperature remind me of the Wolves and how they can tolerate the weather.
The way Wolves adapt to their environment has always amazed me. Their coats are layered which protect them from the cold and ice. During the warmer seasons, they lose their very thick undercoat and only have the outer layer of the bristle fur. 
There are many ways they keep cool. They love to be in the water to cool down and get a long drink. They will also dig a large hole in the ground to get to the cooler dirt. I'm sure many of us have seen domestic dogs do the same, acting like a Wolf. 
When the Wolves lose their Winter fur, they look skinnier and their paws look larger, kind of silly. But they are still just as strong and fast. They are a wild animal and should always be respected.
Take care!

Wolf Fact: Wolves have large feet, the average being 4 inches wide by 5 inches long and can go as fast as 35 miles per hour for short distances. Their toes spread apart when they step in the snow so they do not sink. Wolves have four toes on their hind feet and five toes on their fore feet.