Did you know that dogs came from wolfs?
A long time ago, when people used to live in caves and light big fires to cook their food and get warm in the night, the first form of genetic engineering happened (well sort of). A couple of wolfs were the key element in creating the best friend a human can have today.
A small number of wolfs had insufficiency of the fear factor which enabled them to come closer to the fire and eat the leftovers of humans.
After a couple of years these creatures learned that it’s easier to survive like this. That’s how this wolf group’s genetics started changing into what we know today as a dog.
Not many people can walk freely with wolves and the rare few who are able to share such a close and special bond with the majestic animals are incredibly fortunate. Danielle, a wildlife worker at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, is one of those lucky souls. She has earned the trust and respect of several timber wolves at the center and as you can see in this awesome video, they truly seem to love and appreciate her like one of their own!
The best part is when he rolls over on his back and fully exposes his tummy to Danielle. Not only does this signal that he wants her to give him belly rubs, it also shows just how much he truly trusts her.
While he’s willing to be completely vulnerable around Danielle, he’s also not a fully wild wolf. In an interview with The Dodo wildlife center staffer Michelle Smith explained that ‘Since he was raised by people and bottle fed from the time he was born, he is very well socialized, meaning he enjoys the company of people. This is not the same as domesticated or tame. He is still a ‘wild’ animal, and he does tend to show it when he is around his sister. A wolf in the wild would not act this way.’
To drive home her point, a healthy and normal wild wolf would never allow a person to pet them, let alone approach them in the first place. Wolves actively avoid human contact and prefer to stay well away from us.
Source: Sun Gazing;