06 3 / 2013

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOLVES AND RAVENS
Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.
Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.
They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.
Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’: “It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities.”
Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’: “Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears.”


#the play between ravens and wolf pups doubles as practice for bird hunting when the wolves are older #wolves will break open tough skin on their kills so ravens can get into the meat and ravens will eat inaccessible organs like eyes #ravens will also eat wolf scat which is 1) good for the birds and 2) good for keeping the pack’s territory clean #ALSO there’s like a MILLION BILLION myths/legends about wolves and ravens sssssoooooooooo #what i’m saying here is ravens and wolves are my otp #i think i remember also hearing that in 2 dietary studies - one in british columbia and one in alaska - traces of several birds BUT NO RAVEN

zawehzaweh:

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOLVES AND RAVENS

Ravens and wolves form social attachments with each other and take huge advantage of each other.

Both animals eat meat. When wolves killed a prey, ravens eat from the left over cadaver and scavenge it. Also, ravens lead wolves to preys or cadavers. The ravens fly and the wolves follow. Ravens also alert wolves to dangers.

They also play with each other. For example the ravens dive at the wolves and then speed away or peck their tails to try to get the wolves to chase them, or wolf cubs chasing after teasing ravens.

Dr. L. David Mech wrote in ‘The Wolf: The Ecology and Behaviour of an Endangered Species’: “It appears that the wolf and the raven have reached an adjustment in their relationships such that each creature is rewarded in some way by the presence of the other and that each is fully aware of the other’s capabilities.”

Also very interesting: Bernd Heinrich wrote in ‘Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds’: “Ravens can be attracted to wolf howls. The wolves’ howls before they go on a hunt, and it is a signal that the birds learn to heed. Conversely, wolves may respond to certain raven vocalizations or behavior that indicate prey. The raven-wolf association may be close to a symbiosis that benefits the wolves and ravens alike. At a kill site, the birds are more suspicious and alert than wolves. The birds serve the wolves as extra eyes and ears.”

#the play between ravens and wolf pups doubles as practice for bird hunting when the wolves are older #wolves will break open tough skin on their kills so ravens can get into the meat and ravens will eat inaccessible organs like eyes #ravens will also eat wolf scat which is 1) good for the birds and 2) good for keeping the pack’s territory clean #ALSO there’s like a MILLION BILLION myths/legends about wolves and ravens sssssoooooooooo #what i’m saying here is ravens and wolves are my otp #i think i remember also hearing that in 2 dietary studies - one in british columbia and one in alaska - traces of several birds BUT NO RAVEN

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