Apr 19 2012

#355 “Girl Wolf”

From Emmy in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Check out these facts related to female wolves and male/female wolf relations:

1. Though many females in a pack are able to have pups, only a few will actually mate and bear pups. Often, only the alpha female and male will mate, which serves to produce the strongest cubs and helps limit the number of cubs the pack must care for. The other females will help raise and “babysit” the cubs. – Jill Bailey: Animals under Threat: Gray Wolf

2. Lower-ranking males do not mate and often suffer from a condition of stress and inhibition that has been referred to as “psychological castration.” Lower-ranking females are sometimes so afraid of the alpha female that they do not even go into heat. – Rebecca Gambro: Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon

3. A male and female that mate usually stay together for life. They are devoted parents and maintain sophisticated family ties. – Jim and Jamie Dutcher: Living with Wolves