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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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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting!  :D 
Think-Like-the-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
The love of a good stink!
Kikiorylandia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's such an adorable picture. <3
Casanova-pl Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
I love wolves
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. (^_^)
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?
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.
LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well ther amazing nice job!
WhiskeyGal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
My Hybrid Kiba does this all the time!
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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