StumbleUpon is a wonderful social networking site. Being a member allows your friends to send you the most amazing things. You find yourself the recipient of an eclectic bundle of many and varied things. One that was sent to me recently was a short video of a wolf cub being taught to howl. It is one of the cutest things I have seen in a long time.
I have embedded the video here for you to view. I hope you get as much pleasure out of it as I did.
I hope you all remember that a wolf’s life revolves around the pack. It is thought that social cohesion within the pack is created and strengthened through howling. Howling is used like echo location to physically locate pack-mates and keep the pack together as they roam vast geographical distances in search of prey. When a wolf may become separated from the pack it will start to howl and it may even return to a well-known region where its pack congregates where it will howl continuously until it either locates its pack or they return.
Like the video above shows, a pup will learn to howl soon after its ears start to move indicating that it can differentiate sounds. The pack appears to allow pups to howl indiscriminately and they will often howl to an adult of the pack in greeting. This behaviour can lead to the pup being fed.
For more videos on wolf howls check out: The Howl of Wolves and Video Gallery page.