Wolves love to play.
When they are not hunting or sleeping, wolves are usually out exploring
Look at the wolves in
the picture below.
These guys are playing push and
shove, one of the more popular games wolves play. In this game, the
wolves try to grab each other by the fur on the neck and pull the other
wolf around. It is sort of like a wrestling match.
Push and Shove Demo
Shown below is the
classic play stance. The ears are back and pointed up. The wolf on the
right is saying, lets play. It is up to the wolf on the left to say:
Okay joe, lets go.
Wolves will also use the play bow.
The wolf spreads its legs apart and bows down. I am sure you have seen
dogs do this.
Group play is common. Here three
wolves are playing with each other. Tag is a favorite game played by a
group of wolves. The object of tag is to pick out one wolf and nip at
him. The wolf that was picked out is considered "it". A little while
later, another wolf will be it.
SPEAKING OF TAG. Below are two wolves having a fun game of
tag. The wolf that is doing the chasing will catch the other wolf and
nip him on the rear. The wolf that was nipped will then have to chase
the other wolf. Wolves never seem to tire of this game. They like to
play it on frozen lakes.
Wolves will also play alone. This
guy was caught in the act of rubbing himself in the snow. A moment
earlier he was on his back shuckin' and jivin'. Making the wolf
equivalent of a snow angel.
But, when it is all
done and the play is over. It is time to stretch out and take a long
Did I tell you that
wolves are a little lazy?
Wolves play the
Gotta roll, got some
shuckin' and jivin' to do myself.