Nira came through
the summer and early fall months well. Nira last weighed in at 114
pounds. Although we recently set out to weigh him, we were unable
to do so because of the increasing level of intensity displayed
between Nira and Ingo. Nira is doing well and is up to date on all
vaccinations, which he received the 18th of August. Dr. Duerr also
came out and inspected the wolves. All three were given a clean
bill of health. Nira has finally set down the rule of law to Ingo.
Much to our satisfaction and sigh of relief, Ingo has begun to behave,
as a subordinate should. Nira clearly dominates Ingo and Keeley
although Nira still remains very gentle with the volunteers. From
reading my notes, dated 9/8/2000, you can get a feel for what we
are talking about. "
Keeley walked towards Ingo at which
point NA proceeded to agonistic pucker at Ingo. Nira had his tail
out and his hackles extended up to his tail. Nira also postured
at Ingo (sort of making himself look bigger), a way of calling Ingo`s
bluff. Ingo did do a bit better job today of submitting but obviously
not enough, because Nira took off after Ingo, caught him and rode
on his back for about 20 feet. Ingo stopped, with Nira on his back.
Nira was growling at Ingo, staring at his eyes and baring his canines.
This was an attempt by Nira to say to Ingo "go ahead, try it".
As long as Ingo stood still and did not move, Nira, it seemed, would
not go any farther in his disciplining. This lasted for about 30
seconds. Ingo stood motionless and Nira then jumped off of Ingo
and trotted away. Nira also turned around a few times to check on
Ingo`s attitude". Nira at times will get involved in a chase
between Keeley and Ingo, but not to chase Keeley. Nira will intercept
Ingo, as he is unaware that Nira is watching him. Keeley will then
turn around, see that Ingo is no longer chasing her but to find
Ingo running from Nira. Keeley will then reverse the role and begin
to chase Ingo. Another segment of my notes, written on 9/2/2000,
indicate that Nira is defending his food against Ingo - ending Ingo`s
"puppy status". "
threw over apples from the
air lock to provide a distraction
Ingo went after Nira's apple
and Nira pinned Ingo to the ground and bared his canines at Ingo.
This was very intense. Ingo tried to run away but Nira rode Ingo
for about 15 feet, uttering a deep growl at Ingo." It seems
that most of the "spats" between Ingo and Nira center
around Keeley or food. Also on this day, the wolves received pop
cycles for the very first time. This year marked the first year
that we had any problem with biting flies on the wolves. We sprayed
"fly's off" on the ground and the wolves' scent rolled
in it. On October 29th, we had a "pumpkin party" for the
wolves. We had people fill up pumpkins with wolf treats and then
they placed their pumpkin in the enclosure. The wolves seemed to
enjoy this, once they were shown that the pumpkins held treats for
them. Nira is extremely comfortable with visitors and will generally
walk up to the fence and rub along it as he inspects his audience.
Nira still enjoys leash walks however, lately he is hesitant to
go where he cannot see or interact freely with Keeley. Nira still
enjoys getting in the water trough to cool off. Nira still likes
his belly rubs and will actively search out anyone in the enclosure
that is willing to rub his belly. From all of us at Wolf Timbers,
we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.