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Happiness is... Scent rolling! by Lupinicious Happiness is... Scent rolling! by Lupinicious
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I wish you a merry Eastermas! We're at the brink of a white Easter... temperatures are still close to freezing, it was snowing the last two days, but today it's all melting again.
Anyhow, here's a photo taken at Tierpark Sababurg two weeks ago of one of the wolves scent rolling on some carcass.

In "Wolves - Behavior, Ecology and Conservation" (MECH, BOITANI, 2003) Fred H. Harrington describes this behavior as such: "This ritualized behavior involves lowering the head and shoulders onto the substrate, followed by rubbing the chin, cheeks, neck, shoulders, and back on the odorous substance. Natural stimuli for scent rolling, such as rotten carcasses, typically have very strong odors that humans find offensive."

This behavior can be elicited by a variety of strong odors, just as perfume sprayed onto the ground.
It is hard to explain why wolves (and dogs in general) scent roll. Erik Zimen believed it was done to conceal one's own scent with something more pungent. Fox thought it could make oneself more attractive by applying a novel odor, or just familiarizing with novel odors or changes in odors. Some believe it might be a way to bring back a message like "hey, I found a fresh carcass over there" back to the pack.

Whatever the real reason is, they really seem to enjoy the process :D
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Beautiful photo and interesting behavior.
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting!  :D 
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Think-Like-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The love of a good stink!
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Kikiorylandia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's such an adorable picture. <3
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Casanova-pl Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I love wolves
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luvJesusInHeavn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, my dog sometimes starts scent rolling, and for some reason it always cracks me up because it looks like she's spazzing around on the ground. (^_^)
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LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a card! He's masking his smell. You must spend a lot of time with them whir do you go?
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Photographer
As much as I can. It's a 45 minute drive, so I don't do it every day, but every other weekend (if I don't have anything else to do, like working on calendars :D). The photos were taken in a zoo.
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LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well ther amazing nice job!
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WhiskeyGal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
My Hybrid Kiba does this all the time!
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BigPolarFox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Ernest Seton - Thompson also mentioned that behaviour of foxes in 'Domino' - the story of a black fox. And this was very similar.
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Steeljren Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well ... If he were human, he might whip out his phone, snap a picture of himself smiling in front of that yummy carcass and post it on facebook, tumblr and instagram.
Since he isn't, he has found another way to remember that awesome stench for just a while longer ;)

Beautiful picture, full of life and spontaneity!
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Photographer
Haha! I can absolutely visualize that :D
Thank you!
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Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
He'll be smelling awfully when he's done, but I have to admit that he looks sooo cute on that photo! ^^ The wolf really seems to be enjoying himself :b
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Forest-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
amen
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KurushimiFutago Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmhm, rolling on a carcase~ XD Love the wolf~

FuK~u
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Gabzilah Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
How cute:D
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SweetK47 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
ASDFGHJKL:" The wolf is so cute ^^. Nice pic
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happyblueimpIII Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Writer
The wolf looks so happy! This is a great shot, though I've got to say I'm thankful my dog has never done this.
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Raiindroop Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot :)
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forcecrush Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
My dog used to do this... mom was furious :D
Nice photo :)
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CynamoonRessa Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
wow, great photo, everything is perfect! :o
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Doviile Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Omg, adore wolf! [link]
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Igneous-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha putting on that cologne for the lady huh? LOL :3
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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   Writer
Hee-hee, that's cute :D
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Eelea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich habe heute auch noch ein nettes Bild gemacht auf dem Weg zur Arbeit. <D
Eingeschneite Landschaft und Bäume. Und dabei fröhlich Jinglle Bells gesummt.

Und wunderschönes Foto. <3
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ismaelleonm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
Muy buena foto! Greetings from Peru ;)
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Wolf7girl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Really well-taken ! Congrats ! :heart: __ :heart:
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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Nice photo :D
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karelwolf Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
"awww yeah! nothin' better than dead elk to smell smexy as hell!" XDD
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ozgurdk Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice pic :)
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what is that in the background? looks like the corpse of a beached dolphin or shark...
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   Photographer
Just another carcass... no, not dolphin or shark :D
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh okay
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wolves09492 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute
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DarkLordDashie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute xD
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Stilleschrei Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) that will be a smelly guy!
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kataang7789 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Oh my goodness, at first I thought that was the ocean in the back O.O
Great photo, obviously, thats a very nice pose :)
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light-of-morning Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I have white Easter too, I wish that spring were here already ;___;
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Wolffried Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Hehe, nice picture again! Maybe wolves are just big fans of perfume, just like humans. They just have a different taste - reminds me of Monster, Inc.:
Mike: Can I borrow your odorant?
Sulley: Yeah, I got, uh, smelly garbage or old dumpster.
Mike: You got, uh, low tide?
Sulley: No.
Mike: How about wet dog?
Sulley: Yep. Stink it up.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   Photographer
:D
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