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Wolf Pup Question?

Post by HU Lisa » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:45 pm

Well, I've been reading about what happens to a kitten when it is born... dead, and the mother often eats the kitten.

I was curious if this is the same way with wolf pups? Sorry if this is a really really stupid question, it was just one of those things that you just-have-to-know-or-I'll-die kinda things.

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Re: Wolf Pup Question?

Post by Koa » Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:26 pm

This is probably referring to adult wolves, but-
Blightwolf wrote:Cannibalism is not uncommon in wolves but since famine is a quite rare occurrence for wolves in modern days due to the fact that winters are not as cold as they used to be and a majority of the world's wolf populations inhabit environments which have mobile populations of large ungulates and other small quarry, present day wolf cannibalism is coincidental and random. Even in cases where wolf packs have been reported eating the injured/sick members, it's not done out of their "cold-blooded" nature; it's another way of ensuring the survival of a pack during a harsh, challenging time. It's practical and advances the chances of survival for the remaining, healthy members of the pack.
I wouldn't say such behavior isn't impossible, although I've also heard mothers will also bury dead pups. They will reject, in general, stillborn/deformed/etc. puppies and focus more on the healthy ones.

edit: Quote from Wikipedia:
Cannibalism is not uncommon in wolves; during harsh winters, packs often attack weak or injured wolves, and may eat the bodies of dead pack members.[96][97][98] However, they are not known to eat their young as coyotes sometimes do[82]
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Re: Wolf Pup Question?

Post by HU Lisa » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:08 pm

Thanks for the info!
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Re: Wolf Pup Question?

Post by Koa » Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:56 pm

No problem; I'll go ahead and lock this now.
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