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March 26, 2013 10:28 AM   Subscribe

Visitors to Indiana’s Wolf Creek Habitat were fortunate to capture some eerie and wonderful footage when a chain reaction started all 30 wolves howling at the same time. [via]
posted by quin (29 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
You think that's the eerie part?

They started howling at the precise moment Benedict XVI left the Vatican.










nb: this is a lie
posted by R. Schlock at 10:37 AM on March 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Love this.
posted by The Michael The at 10:50 AM on March 26, 2013


My cat joined in.

She's not gonna let any damn dog out-whinge her.
posted by titus-g at 10:54 AM on March 26, 2013


We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us: Scientists argue that friendly wolves sought out humans.
posted by homunculus at 10:57 AM on March 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


A few years ago I was hanging out in my friend's back yard in downtown Toronto when some sort of animal kingdom scuffle broke out in the laneway behind his house. It was dark so we couldn't see what was going on, but it sounded like one animal being set upon by two or more of a different species. There was a lot of growling and hissing and almost instantly every dog within earshot was going nuts, barking and howling, and for the duration of the fight the quiet upper-middle class street sounded like a jungle.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:04 AM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ugh. When I recently lived in Indiana there was a guy on the street who had a few wolves. (He said they were dogs to keep the city happy, but they were wolves.)

You haven't heard wolf howling until it's waked up up at freaking 3:30 in the morning, let me tell you. Beauty of nature? I got some beauty of nature here for you.
posted by Michael Roberts at 11:04 AM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Saddest and yet most moving thing I've seen in a while. I can't do zoos/aquariums (mostly because of the otters/mammals)/sanctuaries any more. All to often it's just a plethora of sadness for me. I know that in many ways places like this are providing a humane service for the animals in question while hopefully raising awareness and sympathy from the public but it just breaks my soul.

. for so many things.

I miss Yellowstone.
posted by RolandOfEld at 11:11 AM on March 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


I did not realize that a whale song was actually a combination of many wolves.
posted by ChuraChura at 11:19 AM on March 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Itdl make a great ringtone, but I'm just not sure for whom.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:29 AM on March 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Argh, that gives me goosebumps. There's a wolf sanctuary here in PA that I'd love to visit; while I realize that in no way should/would I ever do this in real life, I like to tease my partner about wishing I could run up and scratch their fuzzy wolf ears and give them all great big hugs. Our most recent discussion on the matter ended with her concluding that, "Even if a wolf eats your hand, I'll still love you anyway."

I think I want that inscribed inside my wedding band.
posted by DingoMutt at 11:52 AM on March 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


(Also, our dog has completely ignored this clip both times that we've played it now, yet she howls EVERY time a siren goes past our house. Apparently her ancestors were all ambulances.)
posted by DingoMutt at 11:55 AM on March 26, 2013 [15 favorites]


We've got coyotes hanging around the fringes of our surrounded-by-corn-fields subdivision. Occasionally they get to howling, but it's nowhere near as spine-tingling as that.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:55 AM on March 26, 2013


There's a wolf sanctuary here in PA that I'd love to visit; while I realize that in no way should/would I ever do this in real life, I like to tease my partner about wishing I could run up and scratch their fuzzy wolf ears and give them all great big hugs.

This video was posted on reddit and the user posted pictures of him and his girlfriend petting the wolves. Notice there is no barrier between one pack of wolves and the camera.
posted by desjardins at 11:56 AM on March 26, 2013


I like how the one at the end was all "MONO...d'oh!"
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:56 AM on March 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Beautiful.
posted by Elly Vortex at 12:05 PM on March 26, 2013


This video was posted on reddit and the user posted pictures of him and his girlfriend petting the wolves. Notice there is no barrier between one pack of wolves and the camera.

Holy cow I am gonna snuggle the HELL out of some wolves
posted by DingoMutt at 12:06 PM on March 26, 2013


"Music? Those animals?"

(If your post title was not a Gary Oldman as Dracula reference, please disregard.)
posted by Brackish at 12:26 PM on March 26, 2013


Brackish: That movie is campy good fun, but only if you can somehow manage to mentally edit out every Keanu Reeves line reading.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:38 PM on March 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


My family has toured Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, FL a couple of times. The tour-guides like to get the visitors on the tour to all howl at once, which will then set off the wolves to start all howling at once. It's great fun. And wolves are just like great big ol' dogs and I like to rub their furry bellies. Which they (the wolves) will let you do sometimes, if you are really nice to them and get to know them first.
posted by Cookiebastard at 1:21 PM on March 26, 2013


"Children of the night... Shut up!"

Years ago my girlfriend and I watched some nature documentary about wolves, hosted by Timothy Dalton. There was a part where he went trekking through the snow with a wolf expert, and the wolf guy demonstrated that if humans howl, wolves will howl back. So the wolf expert was howling and then Dalton was howling and the wolves were howling, and talking about it later my girlfriend and I admitted that we'd both also felt some weird impulse to howl along.

I don't know if we're just weird (which is admittedly a highly likely probability) or if perhaps humans used to signal to each other by howling, like wolves do, and watching the clip was activating some primitive genetic memory. Watching this clip now, I didn't feel any impulse to howl... So go figure.

(I tried to link to a Youtube clip of the "children of the night" scene from Love at First Bite, but it's not online. That's just wrong.)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:58 PM on March 26, 2013


The Wolf Man
posted by homunculus at 4:02 PM on March 26, 2013


oooooOOOOOOOOoooOOOOOOOOOoooOOoOoo! ooo.
posted by ignignokt at 4:26 PM on March 26, 2013


"You haven't heard wolf howling until it's waked up up at freaking 3:30 in the morning, let me tell you. Beauty of nature? I got some beauty of nature here for you."

If you stay near Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, you can listen to the wolves howl at every ambulance that goes by, all night long. If you live close enough to hear them, it sort-of fades into the background noise of the city and then every now and then your atavistic inner prey animal goes "HOLY SHIT, IT'S A WOLF!"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:45 PM on March 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


a chain reaction started all 30 wolves howling at the same time

Oh my god! Somebody get Paul Winter on the phone NOW!

Or... not. He might have some sort of ecstatic epiphany-related heart attack.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:46 PM on March 26, 2013


I was on a remote trail in Northern Quebec a few years ago and came across a pack of wolves. The howling was unbelievably loud and the tones were really complex. Almost like overtonal singing. It sounded as though each wolf was singing more than one note at a time. When i got home i started reading about wolf pack howls and it seems as though they modulate the tones to make it sound as though there are more of them in the pack than there really are.

A description of different wolf howls here
posted by shackpalace at 5:18 PM on March 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Children of the night... Shut up!"

FTW
posted by carping demon at 6:11 PM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


they modulate the tones to make it sound as though there are more of them in the pack than there really are.

Sonic Youth does that too!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:51 PM on March 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Your Dreams of Owning a Dire Wolf Can Finally Come True (Sort Of)
posted by homunculus at 12:53 PM on March 27, 2013


Warren Ellis' latest musical podcast begins with an excerpt from Timberwolf In The Tall Pines.
posted by maggieb at 10:27 AM on March 30, 2013


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