A Picture (and Sound) Worth a Thousand Words

Older & wiser Ladyhawk with king of the howls, Caedus

Older & wiser Ladyhawk stands behind the king of the howls, Caedus

Caedus demonstrates howling to sanctuary visit group
by Wolf Haven volunteer Greg Wellsandt

Traci talks to a pack of humans before entering the sanctuary.

Traci talks to a pack of humans before entering the sanctuary.

On Saturday, Wolf Haven volunteer visit guide Traci was giving the first visit of the day, assisted by her flip chart turner, Greg (that’s me).  At Enclosure #5, a howl started way out in the off-visit area.  It took a long time to gain momentum, but soon the whole gang was fully engaged in the music making. Caedus and Ladyhawk put on a show at the front of their enclosure as did Klondike and Mehina.

Ruby and Tala even made an appearance to lend their

Red wolves Ruby & Tala

Red wolves Ruby & Tala

unique voices. The howl went on for a long time much to the delight of the visitors who were snapping photos and recording the sounds.  Finally, Ladyhawk had enough.  She decided it was time to shut Caedus up because she was in the mood to play.  She bent over in a quasi-submissive pose and attempted to get his attention.  When that didn’t work, she tried to grab his jaw to stop the howling.  Caedus gave it a thought for a moment, but went back to what he loves almost as much as eating, howling.

Ladyhawk howls

Ladyhawk howls

Ladyhawk was not to be deterred and continued to try to get Caedus’s attention.  Finally, the howl started to diminish and the two became engaged in a bit of gentle roughhousing. Our sanctuary visitors were treated to a wonderful live display of wolf communication.

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  1. Jessica Cole
    Jessica Cole says:

    We brought our 4 year old for the tour recently and he loved it! He had lots of questions and was howling all the way home! Great experience for kids and amazing statistics and knowledge for the whole family! – The Coles

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