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Do you think wolves have names?

Post by pawnee » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:30 pm

I mean not "fluffy" or whatever a person would call them, but do you think wolves address each other with a unique name in their own wolfie world? I know its not scientific to ask, but it would be neat to discuss
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Blindseer » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:40 pm

I think that they have wolfish names for eachother, its hard for me to think of them any other way.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by pawnee » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:44 pm

Do you think a wolf would address itself like "bark bark" or something along those lines or more of like white-tail, black tip etc etc?
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Blindseer » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:46 pm

umm probably the second one.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Kaheaniehal » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:55 pm

Wolves and other animals usually use smell to identify each other. I doubt they can really exchange each other's names but they may each make up a name for on another.

However with dogs(or even domesticated wolves, or any intelligent animal) they tend to be able to recognize their own name after you call them enough times. They may process it as their name, or just another command like sit and stay.

Really it would be hard to tell, we cannot say how an animal thinks exactly, no one really knows. I doubt some of those names people come up with like "Swift Paw" or "Black Ears" or anything that has to do with their apperance, skills, ect would effect their name choices. I think many people use/like those names because it was a custom of some native americans, and it seems many of their traditions have caught on to popular media.

As I said before, we cannot really tell. Perhaps they are capable of out-of-body thinking, or maybe they process what comes to them without words, just a sort of guidance and instinct.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Blindseer » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:58 pm

this is just a discussion abou how it would be like, its not really a scientific discussion. but thanks for the info :)
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Kaheaniehal » Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:59 pm

Blindseer wrote:this is just a discussion abou how it would be like, its not really a scientific discussion. but thanks for the info :)
I understand that, I was just putting my opinion in.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Blindseer » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:03 pm

thanks for your opinion then. :)
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by pawnee » Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:59 pm

okey, so even if a wolf cused smell to identify each other I`m sure there must be something that they address each other with. Like if one wolf constantly rolled in beaver, then pherhaps her pack would call her "beaver" or something.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by KaiZyaku » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:55 pm

wolve's could possibly identify each other using their fellow wolfs name,but using the sense of smell just like Kaheaniehal said that could be true.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by silverwolfspirit » Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:12 am

I think they use their noses to ideintify each other rather than have names like shadow or swift paw etc. :)

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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by SwanSong » Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:09 pm

Wolves probably consider their scents to be their "names." :)
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Argos » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:21 pm

Less in the way of actuall names, more in the sense of unique smells recognised by other wolves.
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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by Dkaz » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:23 pm

SwanSong wrote:Wolves probably consider their scents to be their "names." :)
They can also recognize another wolf by hearing his howl, every wolf has a different howl. But I m not sure about how they can call each other, maybe they imitate the voice of the other wolf ( In an Animal Planet's documentary I heard about an animal that does it, but I don't remember what animal is..)

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Re: Do you think wolves have names?

Post by ThePirateWolf » Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:30 pm

Jaw wrote:
SwanSong wrote:Wolves probably consider their scents to be their "names." :)
They can also recognize another wolf by hearing his howl, every wolf has a different howl. But I m not sure about how they can call each other, maybe they imitate the voice of the other wolf ( In an Animal Planet's documentary I heard about an animal that does it, but I don't remember what animal is..)


I believe it was a red wolf, not sure though. As for the main topic, no one is entirely sure how they call or distinguish one another, but they have to have some way of knowing, possibly most of the ones mentioned.
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