Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Certainly not Monty Sloan, that’s for sure, especially not these gorgeous gray wolves!
Sloan is the resident photographer at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, Indiana, a unique park that is open to the public to come see and learn about wolves in all their glory and the value these majestic canines have in our world. Therefore, Sloan is no stranger to this affectionate pack of wolves that could easily be mistaken as being accidentally crossbred with a domesticated canine.
In fact, he gets to do this every day to capture his Photo of the Day to be posted on the attraction’s website.Read More
Behind the scenes, this non-profit is serving a higher mission and are “dedicated to behavioral research, education and conservation, with the objective of improving the public’s understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.” There are many ways that interested individuals can get involved if Wolf Park’s effort speaks to you. All can be found on the website dense with information and images that will intrigue any animal lover.
Humans have a long history of mixed feelings regarding wolves, and we see it in vintage storybooks as well as in today’s popular culture and media, including box-office hits like Twilight or Harry Potter.
There exists a dichotomy between hating and fearing wolves, to also loving and admiring them. One of the most popular spirit animals that people relate to happen to be the wolf. Spirit animals are totems or representations of one’s true self in the form of an animal being. Many cultures use such totems as guides including many Native American tribes, Shamanic traditions, Wiccan and Pagan believers, amongst many others.
The wolf spirit animal is said to help us to understand the extent and limits of our own power, help find balance and self-control, and to listen to our instincts.
Both spiritual wolves and those born into actual wolfdom are very often misunderstood as being very aggressive, hurtful, cutthroat, without needing a reason or provocation to attack or to act violently. In actuality, domesticated wolves are the most dangerous to us, because they no longer fear us.
The natural reaction for a wild wolf is to run when they see a human. Humans are scary and dangerous. They don’t want anything to do with us. Once we’ve taken care of them, and their fears have been sated, the wolves can mistake small children and family pets for the small prey their biological instincts tell them to eat. A healthy wolf will run away in the wild and often will cower in fright until you are gone. They can even see you from a quarter of a mile away so they can protect themselves. Such a fascinating creature.
Want to know more about wolves? Visit Wolf Park’s website or better yet, go visit them in person!
In the video below, it’s really interesting how you can see the hierarchy in the pack.