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Alpha and Omega by Lupinicious Alpha and Omega by Lupinicious
One of the photos I took yesterday in those 45 minutes I had after we completed the annual meeting of the GWA at Tierpark Sababurg and before we had to drop people off at the railway station and grab some dinner.

The wolves were more active than usual and so I got a couple of interesting shots despite the tight schedule. I hated to have to leave in the end, that's for sure :-)

On the photo, you see one of the omegas of the pack (there seem to be two by now...) being attacked by the alpha female of the pack (on the right). Actually, she attacks the other wolves quite a lot, a behavior you do not usually see in confident alphas.

The bad alphas, however, often display a high level of aggressiveness and hope to maintain their position that way. In fact, these are the alphas that have a hard time when they age and at some point, when they are not as vigilant anymore, are attacked by several wolves at once and fall straight down to omega position.

This female, however, has already gotten rid of all other females in the pack and now is the only female. Nevertheless, that does not keep her from picking on her male pack members now.

The wound on this poor fella's back is from violently getting his fur ripped out. It looks pretty bad but it's a pretty common injury that will heal untreated if he's finally left alone - but I'm afraid it will still take a few weeks for the pack to finally mellow up a bit.


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Camera: Canon 1Ds Mk III
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM

1/800 at f/2.8 and 200.0mm, ISO 400
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WhiteWolfCrisis13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why would an old alpha be attacked by the other wolves in a pack? They are the alpha and should not be attacked at once, until the alpha would give up there rank, I think that is a little harsh to put them all the way to omega? right? lol I'm just asking, not being mean or anything :D REALLY AWESOME PICTURE!
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RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured by #x-Wolf-Paws-x
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GestaltZe Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this a captive or wild pack?
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Photographer
A captive pack.
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GestaltZe Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That kind of explains the dynamics. Wild packs function like a nuclear family- Mom, Dad, babies, and sometimes grown kids. However, in captive packs, wolf 'strangers' are often forced together, creating a tense environment.
(Yay, David Mech. :) [link])
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PrinzeBurnzo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry...just butting in here...as far as I know, Omegas don't exist in the Wild ^^. But I could be wrong...
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dogboy09 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
The omega reminds me of a Chinese dragon. =)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   Photographer
Haha, indeed :)
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TImberwolfhusky Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can feel the pain of those wounds.... please tell me they are ok...
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Photographer
They will be.
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