Watching this wolf documentary on National Geographic with my boyfriend.

It’s a great story, very moving, we wibble and cheer and in general just love these wolves.

but then

at the end

there’s a disclaimer saying this was a fake story made up of a bunch of different videos of wolves in Yellowstone.

so now I’m just like





Jesus Nat Geo.

I trusted you to tell me this nice story about a Casanova wolf who rose to power and was the oldest and most successful alpha in Yellowstone history..

But instead you lied to me.

anonymous asked:

I watched this documentary "Rise of the black wolf" and I have a few questions. There was a lone female with two grown pups, and when a stranger male wolf came, they became mates with the female and he "adopted" her already grown pups. He hunted for family and later he was hunting with female's sons as they were his own. My question is: does it happen in the wild? Male wolf adopting pups of a female or teaching them how to hunt, or was it only in the film and is not real? Thanks!

Yes, it does happen! When one of the parents die, usually another member of the pack replaces the deceased parent’s leading role. Often the replacing wolf is the same sex as the wolf that died, and will become the new mate of the remaining parent. If there aren’t any other adult pack members that can replace the role of the deceased parent, it often happens that the remaining parent looks for or accepts a new mate that isn’t from their pack – like in the documentary “Rise of black wolf”.

All wolves love cubs and are programmed to protect and nurture them. This can extend to pups that are not related to themselves, especially if the adopting wolf has pups of its own already. 

Also, there’s been studies done in which they followed wolf packs from who one of the breeding pair died. In those cases odd composed packs formed (for example two male wolves who were brothers and a new, unrelated female wolf who joined and paired with one of the brothers), but they all had in common a structure of a leading breeding pair. This studies concluded that apparently, wolves instinctively always seek for this structure in whatever unnatural group they end up or formed. 

(You can watch the documentary “Rise of black wolf” for free online here)