My motto for this year’s A to Z is “Animals in my life – stuffed or alive”.
Even though I consider myself an animal lover, I am not immune to prejudice. For decades I thought wolves were somewhat evil and dangerous. This changed in 2015, when we visited a wolf park in Saarland.
What we saw there where playful, peaceful animals that greated their carers enthusiastically (of course it helped that all wolves in this park are raised by hand and that the carers brought chickens 🙂 ). Sometimes they behaved like big dogs. We learned that wolves are very social, and that they raise their cubs together, als a group. They hunt old or weak prey, and they never take more as they need. They are shy and avoid human contact. They are also very intelligent.
Of course they snatch sheep if they are able too, but they just are a part of German forests, and we have to find ways to live with them.
On this day, the wolves in Germany gained a new advocate. They just deserve to live as much as we do.