Would you hug a wolf?

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Would you hug a wolf?

Poll ended at Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:55 am

Yes
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Maybe
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Keytone » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:26 am

Only if it hugs me first.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by [rozenmaiden] » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:27 am

i would, just if it wasnt trying to kill me

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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by KrazyWolff » Tue May 12, 2015 8:39 pm

It depends.

If it was a wild wolf---it still depends. Wild wolves are naturally scared of all humans so I wouldn't hug a scared one unless if I wish to be injured by those powerful wolf jaws. Wild wolves are scared unless if you stick around and feed them food or you live with the pack just like Shaun Ellis did. Those are the only 2 scenarios in which I would hug a wild wolf.

If it was a captive wolf---yes! Captive wolves at zoos and sanctuaries see humans everyday, so they would probably have no problem in being hugged! However, don't run around waving your arms in the air like you're prey. Then you might become the wolf's tasty breakfest/brunch/lunch/dinner!
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Loupoppet » Wed May 13, 2015 9:02 am

If the wolf was captive, habituated around humans, and there was staff around just in case something went awry, then I'd probably pet it and interact with it a bit if it came to me first. However, hugging isn't something most canines like; I've seen far too many whale-eyed dogs with tight faces and concerned "smiles" in pictures of kids hugging them to want to subject them to it. It's just not nice to make an animal uncomfortable if you can prevent it.
Never a wild wolf. The animal would likely avoid me anyway, and I'm not going to approach a wild animal with the intent of having totally friendly, totally chill interaction with it.

Edit: Shaun Ellis was with captive wolves kept in a fenced in enclosure. He is not the "wolfman" everyone thinks he is.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by alethe » Wed May 13, 2015 5:35 pm

Ellis was hardly a naturalist to look up to tbh. More on that here.

Hugging any animal, tame or not, isn't wise unless you know the animal very well. Even hugging a strange dog can end well. I recall my grandma's cat scratching me when I was five for hugging it. Hugging a wolf could end in worse, "tame" or not.


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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by D0m » Thu May 14, 2015 2:04 pm

It'd be nice but to be honest a wolf would not want to be hugged as in the wild they would never get hugged, so not really as it is against the wolf's wishes. When you go to do something to an animal sometimes I think we should think more about whether the animal would like it.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by _Nimbus_ » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:59 pm

The wolf could think you were attacking it, So i wouldn't hug a wolf.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by PrivateIvy » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:27 pm

Well, as long as it didn't bite my face off... Which is a true possibility, people! I don't care how amazing wolves are, they still are very territorial and most likely do hate you! :3
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by valkea » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:38 pm

Much as I would love to hug a wolf and as huggable as they look sometimes, I also would prefer to not have my face ripped off. So no, I will keep my face and avoid hugging the wolf.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Noctis_ » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:36 am

Not a wild wolf...
It would most likely think I was trying to trap/pin/kill it.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Koa » Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:11 pm

LunaWolf2468 wrote:Not a wild wolf...
It would most likely think I was trying to trap/pin/kill it.
I enjoy having my neck not torn out, thank you very much.
Even a wolf "raised in captivity" could still pose quite a risk. I'd certainly hesitate, and decline.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Jeames » Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:52 pm

I don't think I would hug it... I guess I would maybe let it sniff my hand and if it didn't act 'snappy' maybe pet its head? But that's probably it.

If it was a wolf pup however, yeah, guess I would hug it then Because those little creatures are often biting or nibbling out of playfulness... ness.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Noctis_ » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:16 pm

Koa wrote:
LunaWolf2468 wrote:Not a wild wolf...
It would most likely think I was trying to trap/pin/kill it.
I enjoy having my neck not torn out, thank you very much.
Even a wolf "raised in captivity" could still pose quite a risk. I'd certainly hesitate, and decline.
Depends on wether the captive wolf was well socialized. Even though wolves will be more skittish around people than dogs due to genetics, I'm sure some captive wolves wouldn't mind you touching them. I guess it'd also depend on how you hugged it.
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by ZeRivet » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:46 pm

The overall chance would be interesting enough, but I think the end result would be the same. I would not attempt to hug one, especially if I knew nothing about its behavioral patterns or background. The idea is still neat to think about though! XD
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Re: Would you hug a wolf?

Post by Nere » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:31 pm

I think that if I was up at my cabin alone in the woods, and I saw a wolf, I would try to earn it's trust. Maybe by sinking low to the ground and not making eye contact. I wouldn't run, because that might motivate the wolf to chase me. If it comes closer, I would put out my hand. And then... I don't know, pray it wouldnt bite my hand off :P
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