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Here's another photo from the session at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie near Hanau, Germany.

These are two arctic wolf yearlings, well, playing.
The wolf to the right tries to entice the other wolf to play-chase her, and he is about to make it happen :D

The stalking-like appearance combined with a play-bow like posture is typical for play behavior. The tail is usually waving around too and held in T2 position (in extension to the spine, parallel to the ground) or a bit higher or lower.
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unhappy-princess Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
woow. This photo shows a strategy of wolves.
It's an amazing shot. I love it. :)
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RabbyoSaberwolves Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured by #x-Wolf-Paws-x
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BirdVision Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
*HOWL*
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TImberwolfhusky Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love what you do, it fills my heart of joy when I am aware that as long as there are people like you in this world wolves will not get extinct...
Cheers, Daniel...
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner May 1, 2012   Photographer
Thanks man, it's appreciated! :)
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TImberwolfhusky Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't thank! I'll be always forever grateful with peopleeho protect those who I consider my best friends for life.. ;)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Photographer
:)
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I am very appreciative of your action shots.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ich liebe den Kontrast zu dem Hintergrund- und die Motive sowieso :D
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CoolCurry Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Featured! - [link]
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JadedIce147 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cute! It's nice to see such majestic animals playing around like little puppies xD
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Photographer
Heh... technically, they ARE still puppies. Well, not exactly little anymore, but... :XD:
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JadedIce147 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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WolfRunner82 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!!!
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Wandering-Serenity Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pic I can imagine the conversation..."tag your it"...just brings a smile to my face.
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Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
nice shot...well done and very crisp
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great behavior capture! :D
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CaveLupa Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man sieht sofort, dass sie nur spielen :D Ich mag vor allem den Ausdruck bei dem Wolf, der unten Anlauf nimmt :D Sie haben definitiv eine Menge Spaß :heart:
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Alex-S78 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Nice one!
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
have you noticed that arctic wolves are more playful and friendly? :D they are almost not agressive at all! :D
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Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I find that all wolves who have a happy environment are playful and friendly. A thing to watch for when wolves play, mainly when they are pups and then yearlings....tail chasing, nipping at the hind quarters and paw nipping. Thats the hunting pratice that most in zoo's never get. But its fun to watch. I still do that with my old girl who is very healthy for her age....being an omega also helps her keep young...
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
honestly, I think there are really differences between some subspecies - even in big modern enclosures, Iberian and Eurasian wolves tend to be much more aggresive than arctic wolves, who are friendly and more playful :D
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Photographer
I absolutely agree. There are remarkable differences between subspecies of wolves.

Like woxys says, European wolves are generally more aggressive than North American subspecies, and the arctics are by far the mellowest subpecies I have met. This absolutely makes sense if you keep in mind that in a rough environment like the high arctic, where temperatures can drop to -60°C/-76°F, any wound caused by intra-pack aggression could easily cause death.

In general, it's amazing to see how much difference in behavior exists between subspecies. European wolves show a lot of (mostly agonistic) behavior that is very rarely seen in other subspecies, like clapping the teeth in defense, or using their hips to hit other wolves. Those are behaviors I see with European wolves all the time, but I've seen either only very rarely in North American wolves or arctics.
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Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I have recovered Artic, Timber, Gray, and Red wolves. I have not had the fortune to recover any of the Euro-Russo wolves species. I have found that a lot depends on how they are raised and what kind of area they have to play in, their diet, their pack structure.

However, I would love the opprotunity to recover or even interact/play with Euro-Russo wolves. Perhaps one day, I will get the chance. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I know your always at the zoos!
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
well, I have never seen Mexican or red wolves :(
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so hard to considering both species are endangered and wild red wolves are being thinned out by human encroachment and copulating with coyotes. Thank zoologists for breeding programs! :phew: Hopefully, we will one day see their numbers rise again. :)
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woxys Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
yeah, but European ZOOs do not keep them at all :(
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That really is a shame... They're such a unique wolf species. To me, they resemble coyotes or jackals more than what their name implies. Needless to say, they are beautiful animals and if I ever visit a zoo with Mexican and/or red wolves, I'll be sure to upload photos of them for you. :love:
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NathalieNova Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Richtig schöne Spielposen total süß :)
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