|"You want a piece of me?"|
One of evolution's most successful designs, to this day it's a feared predator across the planet. Its range covers most of the northern hemisphere. One subspecies, the Yukon Wolf, is the largest living wild canid today. They're ferocious hunters.
What makes Gray Wolves so incredibly successful is their social nature. Their intelligence makes them clever, capable of adapting to new situations and prey. They hunt in packs, which allows them to bring down animals much larger than they individually are. Bison. Moose. Musk Ox. They have an impressive array of teeth and powerful jaw muscles that can crack large bones.
|"We have sharp teeth for a reason, Phil. Let's use them."|
And, somewhere around 30,000 years ago, this social tendency led to them becoming oddly intertwined with a primate species that was gradually spreading across the planet. A branch off the Gray Wolves became hunting partners, guards, and companions. Each species learning from the other in a remarkably successful relationship that continues to this day.
Still vicious. Still wild. Still... Oh, who am I kidding.
This is the modern wolf. From dangerous hunter to pillow for video-game-playing ape.
|Her hunting ancestors must be horrified.|
Life with dogs. It just doesn't get any better.