Ingo came through
the summer and early fall months well. We are unsure of exactly
how much Ingo weighs, but our best guess is around 100 pounds. We
recently set out to weigh him, but we were unable to do so because
of the increasing level of intensity displayed between Nira and
Ingo. Ingo is a bit bigger than Keeley but also a bit smaller than
Nira. We guess Keeley weighs around 70, Nira around 115 and Ingo
somewhere in-between. We have not had a lot of success in weighing
Ingo due to his displeasure at being picked up by humans. Even if
we were able to weigh him, we would not even do so at the present
time. Nira is looking for any reason to discipline Ingo at this
time and if we were to pick him up, or even try, Nira would use
that to his advantage and what could result would be an unfair mobbing
of Ingo. Ingo is doing well (except for being nit-picked on by Nira)
and is up to date on all vaccinations, which he received the 18th
of August. Dr. Duerr also came out and inspected the wolves. Ingo
was given a clean bill of health. Ingo has begun to behave, as a
subordinate should. Nira still clearly dominates Ingo. From reading
my notes, dated 9/8/2000, you can get a feel for what we are talking
Keeley walked towards Ingo at which point Nira
proceeded to agonistic pucker at Ingo. Nira had his tail out and
his hackles extended up to his tail. Nira also postured at Ingo
(sort of making himself look bigger), a way of calling Ingo`s bluff.
Ingo did do a bit better job today of submitting but obviously not
enough, because Nira took off after Ingo, caught him and rode on
his back for about 20 feet. Ingo stopped, with Nira on his back.
Nira was growling at Ingo, staring at his eyes and baring his canines.
This was an attempt by Nira to say to Ingo "go ahead, try it".
As long as Ingo stood still and did not move, Nira, it seemed, would
not go any farther in his disciplining. This lasted for about 30
seconds. Ingo stood motionless and Nira then jumped off of Ingo
and trotted away. Nira also turned around a few times to check on
Ingo`s attitude". Even though Ingo is being totally and without
question dominated by Nira, Ingo still has an attitude of "oh
yea? Make me". This is evident by Ingo raising his leg to urinate
in the presence of Nira. This 'Raised Leg Urination' is usually
reserved for the two alphas in a pack. Ingo is also they recipient
of some "ganging up on" by Keeley. Keeley will entice
Ingo to chase her and when he does, Nira will get involved and will
intercept Ingo, as he is unaware that Nira is watching him. Keeley
will then turn around, see that Ingo is no longer chasing her but
to find Ingo running from Nira. Keeley will then reverse the role
and begin to chase Ingo. Another segment of my notes, written on
9/2/2000, indicate that Ingo`s puppy status is over. Besides Ingo
giving us the 'bewildered look' - after getting thoroughly chastised
by Nira for doing something a few months ago he was permitted to
do, Nira is now defending his food against Ingo - ending Ingo`s
"puppy status". Here is a segment of my notes "
over apples from the air lock to provide a distraction
went after Nira's apple and Nira then pinned Ingo to the ground
and bared his canines at Ingo. This was very intense. Ingo tried
to run away but Nira rode Ingo for about 15 feet, uttering a deep
growl at Ingo." It seems that most of the "spats"
between Ingo and Nira center around Keeley or food. Also on this
day, the wolves received pop cycles for the very first time. This
year marked the first year that we had any problem with biting flies
on the wolves. We sprayed "fly's off" on the ground and
the wolves' scent rolled in it. On October 29th, we had a "pumpkin
party" for the wolves. We had people fill up pumpkins with
wolf treats and then they placed their pumpkin in the enclosure.
The wolves seemed to enjoy this, once they were shown that the pumpkins
held treats for them. Ingo is extremely comfortable with visitors
and will generally walk up to the fence as he inspects his audience.
From all of us at Wolf Timbers, we wish you and your loved ones
a safe and happy holiday season.