Ex-Paratrooper Shares Special Bond With Wolves

By Meera Dolasia on February 11, 2013

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Humans have been known to develop strong bonds with the most dangerous of animals - Kevin Richardson treats lions like kitty cats, Andre Hartman has a special bond with Great White Sharks and now there is 79-year old Werner Freund who has spent the last 40 years of his life, in the company of wolves.

While details about how and why the former Paratrooper became attached to these beautiful wild animals are a little sketchy, he has been tending and caring for them in his 25-acre Wolfspark located in the German province of Saarland, since 1972. While he currently has a pack of 29, over the years he has hand reared almost 70 wolves belonging to all breeds ranging from Siberian to Arctic, Canadian, European and even, Mongolian - All brought to his sanctuary by animal parks and zoos from around the world.

Just as is the case with the other amazing Animal Whisperers, the wolves treat Werner as if he were one of their own. They nuzzle against him, play with him and are generally very docile and submissive when he is around, just like they would be, around a head wolf!

This however, is not accidental - It is a position that Werner works on establishing and maintaining with a simple act, every single day - Whenever it's feeding time, he summons his pack to come for the raw meat, by howling. As the hungry animals rush to get their food, they are always met with this scene - Werner sinking his teeth into the raw hunk of meat first.

While this may sound a little gross that, is how the position of hierarchy is established in the animal world. It is always the alpha male that gets the first meal and only when he signals, can the rest of the pack join in. Werner's wolves know this rule quite well and never challenge his authority, on or off the dinner table!

While wolves, the largest member of the dog family, are believed to be dangerous, they rarely attack humans. Werner says that in reality, they are beautiful gentle souls, whose reputation has been tarnished, by fairy tales like Red Riding Hood!

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  • ARMOURED alphaTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:01 am
    wolves are treated horribly and no one cares because of nursury rymes that make them seem bloodthirsty
    • NorthernNanukTuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:58 am
      wolves are good i guess
      • wolflover123456Friday, December 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm
        wolves are beautiful gentle creatures
        • AnonymousMonday, December 8, 2014 at 7:38 am
          • flabMonday, December 8, 2014 at 5:49 am
            wolves are awesome I wish I was a Alfa male
            • flabMonday, December 8, 2014 at 5:46 am
              Wolves are danger to us only because we are to them.
              • shadowwolfhm1
                shadowwolfhm1Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:09 am
                I think he's right about them being gentle, beautiful creatcures. their reputation has been destroyed by stories like the three little pig and stuff where the wolf is vilont and muduress
                • shadowwolfhm1
                  shadowwolfhm1Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:04 am
                  wolves are my faviorte type of animal if I was a wolf, id be a black wolf with blue eyes, and be named Shadow
                  • flabFriday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00 am
                    i think it is crazy but also cool because i don't know anyone like thet
                    • cheetahluver
                      cheetahluverFriday, November 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm
                      I mean, wolves are cute but any wild animal will kill humans if they have to.
                      • erebus
                        erebusFriday, November 28, 2014 at 2:03 am
                        Any human will also kill humans if they have to, and many, even if they don't.
                        • dragonwolf
                          dragonwolfTuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:11 am
                          Wolves kill humans cause they try to kill the wolves do the wolves only defend themselves



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