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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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:iconwhitewolfcrisis13:
WhiteWolfCrisis13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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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:iconlupinicious:
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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:iconlupinicious:
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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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Photographer
They will be.
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TheSepiaRaven Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful series of shots! Pack dynamics are so interesting....they remind me a lot of human social interactions....
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blomn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
His poor tail!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sehr schöne Szene!
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I hope the Omega's fight back- you are correct of course about more aggressive Alpha's being less confident, and she should be removed from her post.
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ChrisRDI Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
DAMN NATURE! YOU SCAREH!!!! this is a great shot!
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Norayami Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Poor guy.
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ChristinaMandy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:wave: Your work is featured in my journal here: [link] :iconbummiesplz: ^^
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WolfsBlood65 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
This may be a change in the pecking order in the pack. You never know, there maybe a new Alpha soon. Great picture. Really shows how they communicate and keep order.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Photographer
That's very unlikely ;) Unless he will go through a gender change too :D
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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
He should have never said "Oh, just bite me!" ^_^
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Armer Kerl. Ich kann mich dran erinnern, das sie öfter mal Probleme haben. Ich war mal im Park, als sie einen Omega Wolf abgegrenzt hatten, die Pfleger mußten ihn nachher vom Rudel trennen.

Aber super Bilder, wie immer. :)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Photographer
Im Tierpark Sababurg? Wo haben sie den denn dann hin getan? Es gibt dort doch gar kein Isolationsgehege...
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry für die Verspätung.^^
Also, der war in dem Teil vom Gehege, wo das Haus steht. Fühlte sich aber sichtlich unwohl, lief die ganze Zeit im Kreis herum. Keine Ahnung ob sie sie nachts auch so getrennt hatten.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   Photographer
Ah, ok... ja, das kann man ja zumindest abriegeln.
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Ashree-Blizzard Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That poor omega.. he's quite obviously distressed over what he should do/is doing. Pure submission in the body language, but still quite a "Don't push me any farther than you can handle" in his face. And that Alpha, she's quite confident in herself, isn't she!
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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love wolves. Very nice shot!!!
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BrutalOslaugh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
amazing
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MicroGiant Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wow this totally should relate to human sociology! Amazing shot too
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SaphiqueX13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconshockplz: THAT IS ONE FREAKN OMEGA!!! (sorry for the caps attack)
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PlushieMutt Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the snarling one missing it's tail? D:
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SunsetBeachIndigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It's tucked under
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PlushieMutt Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:/ It looks all... bloody and red, though.
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SunsetBeachIndigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Above his tail it is, but he has it, it's just tucked under :)
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wonderful work! Amazing!
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wirklich ein hervorragender Schuss.
Auch in Gefangenschaft muss man ja eine Menge Glück haben um so eine Szene vor die Linse zu kriegen.
Ich nehme an du arbeitest dort oder? Ich meine das wäre zumindest eine Erklärung davor, dass du weist dass diese Gruppe Omegas hat.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Photographer
Nein, das wäre nicht schlecht, aber ich arbeite dort nicht... :)
Ich bin aber recht häufig da, weil das einfach der mir nächstgelegenste Park ist. Ich kenne die Wölfe des Rudels inzwischen einigermaßen gut, mit all ihren Eigenheiten, aber die Rangfolge bekommt man auch so als Besucher sehr schnell mit, wenn man sich mal ein paar Stunden dort aufhält (vor allem während der Ranzzeit oder auch noch jetzt, beim Ausklingen...)
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Wieviele sind es denn? Müssen ja schon eine gewisse Anzahl sein wenn sie sogar Omegas haben um den "Frieden" wahren zu müssen.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   Photographer
Derzeit noch 9.
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:iconasanbonsam:
Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Das is noch nich soviel.
Hast du vielleicht Kenntnis darüber ob sie planen die Omegas rauszunehmen?
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Photographer
Es waren schon mehr... aber 9 Wölfe sind immer noch doppelt so viele wie die durchschnittliche Rudelgröße in freier Wildbahn. Ich finde das schon noch zu viel.
Nein, Wölfe werden nicht entnommen - dafür müsste man ein Separationsgehege haben, das längere Zeit zur Verfügung steht. Das gibt es dort nicht.
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Asanbonsam Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Dann kann man nur hoffen das sie niemals welche haben die sich aufs Blut nicht ausstehen können.
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blackberry13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow she's a bad mama jamma
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GoingMadHatter Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's so cool! X3 Keep up the Good Work!! :3
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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WhitePhoenixSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
the one thats snarling has a very bad wound on his/her hindquarters...
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   Photographer
Read the description :-)
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WhitePhoenixSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
oh yeah..thx!
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darklittleraven Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Reminds me of my dogs. My husky is very dominant over my greyhound and my greyhound will do that huge submissive smile and big staring eyes.
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