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Gray wolf

Gray wolf
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-28 8:40
Viewed: 2639
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gray wolf = grey wolf (EN)
Loup gris (FR)
Wolf (NL)
Canis lupus (Lat)

The gray wolf is native to the wilderness and remote areas of North America, Eurasia, and North Africa. It is the largest member of its family, with males averaging 4345 kg (9599 lb), and females 3638.5 kg (7985 lb). It is similar in general appearance and proportions to a German shepherd, or sled dog, but has a larger head, narrower chest, longer legs, straighter tail and bigger paws. Its winter fur is long and bushy, and is usually mottled gray in color, though it can range from nearly pure white, red, or brown to black. Within the genus Canis, the gray wolf represents a more specialised and progressive form than its smaller cousins (the coyote and golden jackal), as demonstrated by its morphological adaptations to hunting large prey, its more gregarious nature and its highly advanced expressive behavior. It is a social animal, travelling in nuclear families consisting of a mated pair, accompanied by the pair's adult offspring. The gray wolf is typically an apex predator throughout its range, with only humans and tigers posing a serious threat to it. It feeds primarily on large ungulates, though it also eats smaller animals, livestock, carrion, and garbage. The gray wolf is the sole ancestor of the dog, which was first domesticated in the Middle East. Shot at Blijdorp park.

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Hello JeanMarie,

Hope life is good. What a wonderful shot of this majestic and fearsome predator! This is a fantastic, sharply focused image the showing the true features of the wolf which create awe and terror in the hearts of the viewers due to its many predatory qualities.
Thanks for sharing....take care....warm regards/Abid

Nice portrait with a great look of that wolf.

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