Keeley is looking
sleek and relaxed as the summer month's approach. She is in good
health and is up to date on all her vaccinations. As of 7-14-00
she weighs in at 74 pounds. She is no longer regurgitating food
for Ingo, which has helped keep her at a healthier weight. Keeley
remains our most cautious and wary wolf, but she has made great
strides in the past 6 months and will now approach closer to human
males. She remains extremely affectionate with people she is comfortable
with. Her ongoing attraction to our director's dog, Shadow, is evident
in her whines and whimpers she exhibits when she sees him. Keeley's
physical appearance is typical of an average adult female Gray Wolf.
She seems to possess greater speed and agility then her male counterparts.
Keeley is graceful and seems ladylike in some of her actions. She
is a beautiful wolf, with striking colorations and piercing eyes
that seem to change color depending on the day. Keeley has seemed
to let go of her maternal behavior in allowing Ingo to eat first
all the time. Now she and Ingo compete with each other to see who
will get second place seating at the dinner table. At times, it
appears that Keeley seeks Nira's assistance to eat when Ingo is
around. Keeley has seemed to learn that having Nira close to her
is akin to having a big brother or sister on the playground. She
also seems to be the primary instigator in the wolf's rompous chases.
Usually these high-speed chases end up with Nira and Keeley cornering
Ingo. She is definitely less lenient towards Ingo, and will often
times let out a deep growl when Ingo approaches. Curiously, we are
still a bit mystified at Keeley and Nira's interaction towards each
other as evidenced by them both submitting to each other at the
same time. Keeley is the last to molt in the spring and will not
part with her "used" fur easily. She does not have the
amount of winter fur that Ingo and Nira do. She also seems to be
a bit particular about where things belong in "her" enclosure.
At times, she has not approved of people moving objects within her
enclosure without her permission. Keeley has been bothered by biting
flies this year. At one point, she had lost some fur around the
ears. In the past, the flies have not bothered the wolves much but
this year we had to apply some fly cream to their ear tips. The
cream is a brilliant pink color. Once the pink creme was applied
to her ears, it gave her a punk look. Since the application of the
cream, her fur has come back. Keeley really seems to enjoy being
scratched and petted and will readily submit for a belly rub to
a few individuals. She has been doing remarkably well on our open
days. Last year, she had a tendency to stay towards the back of
the enclosure, farther away from the public. This year she seems
much more relaxed and will often times lie within view of the bleachers.
Keeley is a favorite of all who meet her. Wolf Timbers is fortunate
to have her.