Would you like to know how wolves live by staying in their pack? Well, it’s proven that they can accept people who learned to behave in a right way. Meet a zoologist Jason Badridze who grew up several generations of wolf cubs and taught them to escape hunters and people in general.
Jason Badridze is a cult figure among ethologists. He has lived in a wolf pack for several years and managed to transfer important knowledge to the wolves and borrow the animals’ culture. What he says reminds of a fairy-tale making us remember those times when people and animals could understand each other. When Jason was a little boy his father often took him for camping. After the boy heard the howl of a wolf he was fascinated by it and his life changed forever. Having become a scientist he decided to stay with wolves for a couple of years to understand their mode of behavior as dogs lost many behavioral features. First, he found a path that was widely used by one group of wolves.
He waited for white baby linen to absorb his body odor and left its pieces on the road. Wolves are scared of everything new but feel like investigating it. First they ignored the linen pieces but later started tearing them apart. Soon they didn’t even mind eating meat from these pieces. 4 months had passed and Jason decided to meet the wolves. He waited for them on the path and coming back wolves approached him very close checking his reaction. Jason wasn’t going either to attack or run away. He passed the test when the animals understood he had no weapons with him. But it took long before they could accept the man.
Wolves understood that Jason’s presence could save them from jacklighters. The main thing was to be accepted by younger she- and he-wolves. Second year wolves just followed their parental example while small cubs didn’t have any idea that usually men stay apart from wild animals. These animals rest a lot getting ready for hunting. Younger wolves play from time to time. They support one another eructating obtained food. The food is covered with mucus that prevents it from decomposition and is widely used by older wolves, she-wolves that can’t hunt after delivery yet and small pups. Wolves share functions while hunting: the first of them runs, the second is busy with herding, third one lies in wait. They use telepathic communication looking into each other eyes and imparting thoughts about a hunting scheme to others. Jason learned to understand them as well, it was enough for him to look into a wolf ‘s eyes to find the way and help him in hunting.
Only every 4th hunt can be successful. They also hide their meat but never remember the place it was hidden at. The meat is always found by cubs who won’t be hungry due to that. Cubs need to be taught hunting. Otherwise they can kill a rat while playing and die from hunger next to it. Wolves react to blood and tend to follow moving objects but it’s not hunting. If an untrained wolf finds himself among sheep he will be in shock because he has no idea that it’s food that surrounds him. Some families can hunt only one animal for example a deer and ignore others.
Wolves can count till 7 and foresee the results of their actions. They keep thinking all the time and are capable of using positive hunting experience in future. Cubs are first given plain meat that is followed by meat covered with skin. When they are 4 months old they know what deer’s meat looks like and can run following traces. They never repeat mistakes that were made once. The family sees some changes from time to time.