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Wolves are amazing creatures and are demonised in children's books. But actually they are pretty wonderful creatures. Here are a few facts about wolves that you might not know.

  1. They can use their triangular shaped ears that rotate independently, to hear sounds from 6 to 10 miles away depending on the terrain and wind. (

  2. Dogs are descended from wolves sharing 99.8% of their DNA but are very different from their wild relatives. (

  3. Wolves do howl at night but this has nothing to do with the moon. They convey messages to wolves up to ten miles away and can help to assemble members, locate missing pack members or defend territory. (

  4. Wolves can run at 36 to 38 miles per hour.  (

  5. Wolves are generally afraid of humans and will avoid people, buildings and roads if possible. (

  6. Wolves hate fire and a smokey campfire will discourage a wolf from coming too near. (

  7. Wolves have over 200 million scent cells, humans have 5-6 million. (

  8. A wolf can eat 20lbs of meat in one meal. (

  9. Wolves can swim up to 8 miles. (

  10. Pup wolves are born deaf and blind with bright blue eyes, whereas most adult wolves have yellow eyes. (

  11. Wolves mate fror life. (

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