The friendship of a wolf and a man is a great story for a film or an adventure novel. Wolves have always been incredibly attractive to humans.
Often people even set up dogs that look like wolves. It is widely believed that it is impossible to tame a wild wolf.
Some experts in one way or another refute this claim.
Is it possible to raise a wolf
In history, there have been cases when a wolf is reallyBecame a pet for a person, replacing a dog, and even performed commands. It is worth remembering that this is not the usual practice, but incredible exceptions.
In general, it is possible to raise a wolf, albeit incrediblycomplicated. Beginning to do this is necessary from the first days of life wolves. Eric Zimen, a biologist from Germany, said that after a nineteen-day-old age, the wolf will not be able to be socialized. Specialists in the education of wolves, which are not so many in the world, begin their work with puppies 8-10 days old. Since before the reception of solid food there are still two or three weeks, the puppies are taken away from the mother and all this time they are fed milk from the bottle.
The main secret of taming a wolf isTo become for the animal "a member of the pack," that is, to do everything to make the wolf take the person as a congenial. But this condition alone is not enough, a person should become not only a congenitor, but a leader of the pack, otherwise complete taming will not work. The matter is that in the animal world a rigid social hierarchy is always built. In a pack there can not be two equal wolves, one always stands above the other on the social ladder, dominates it. Therefore, a man and a wolf can not become friends, even if the wolf takes him for his own.
A family couple of Datschers from the US refused all the benefits of civilization and settled in the forest to study a wolf pack. For 6 years of life side by side they managed to make friends with the whole pack of wolves.
This should be reflected in the upbringing of the cubs. If a wolf cub attacks, then a person should not be frightened, run away, show fear in any way, but must rebuff - otherwise from an early age the wolf cub will understand that he is stronger and he dominates the relationship.
What dangers can lie in wait
It should be understood that fully domesticate the wolfIs impossible, and the stories of people who managed to tame the wolf as a home dog are more likely to be natural anomalies. Researchers note that a "socialized" wolf can be more dangerous than a wolf. A wild wolf, hearing a man smell his scent, will run away. The beast who has become accustomed to man is not afraid to approach and bite first.
Any manifestation of affection (patting at the scruff, patting the head), to which domestic dogs are used, the wolf can take for an attempt to attack and give a hard rebuff.
In addition, it is not without reason that there is a saying: "No matter how many wolves he feeds, he looks into the forest anyway." Whatever magnificent conditions a person has created for a wolf, no matter how he tries to surround it with domestic warmth and comfort, sooner or later he will run away into the forest, this also applies to wolves born in captivity.
At the Leningrad Zoo, the trainer DmitryVasiliev was raised by a wolf cub, who still perceives him as his mother and behaves like an obedient dog. With all other people, the wolf is quite aggressive.
In general, the dream of starting a wolf as a pet can be forgotten. The training of wolves can only be done by specially trained people who have chosen wolves as the object of scientific research.