Wolves Howl Because They Care

cc image retrieved from Wikipedia

cc image retrieved from Wikipedia

By: Molly H.

Although it was previously believed that wolves howl out of distress, it was now found that it is due to their emotional attachment, study suggests. Researchers at Austria’s Wolf Science Center recently discovered that howling is not a stress mechanism, but a way of helping fellow wolf pack members. When a wolf of high rank leaves that pack, members howl at that particular animal as to help guide it back home. (Read more….)


2 thoughts on “Wolves Howl Because They Care

  1. Very fascinating article Molly! I for one always believed wolves howled out of distress or ‘sadness’, but this article’s information changes my mind of that perception. With this research, I believe scientists are making incredible breakthroughs on how animals communicate verbally with each other. One day, if researchers focus more on animal to animal communication, there may be a higher animal to human communication than just simple interaction. In the future, we might even be able to understand what household pets want by just ‘talking’ to them!

  2. I always wondered why wolves howled at the moon so passionately. It’s because they make sounds out of emotional attachment and communication, not just expression of feeling. This article is a resource because it backs your article up by saying that a similar species, the fox, has a bark sequence/howl that is “thought to be an identification system; studies indicate that foxes can tell each other apart by this call.”
    link to resource: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/what-sound-does-fox-make

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