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Winter is coming by Wincey Winter is coming by Wincey
Bernie | Timberwolf | 5 years old | January 2012 | Zoo Hannover
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Can't help thinking about winter these days. Grey and cold outsite, dark in the morning and some kind of winter blues on my mind. Futhermore, I got a notice from the zoo that my annual ticket runs out. So I need to make the decision again: New one or none? This is a cruel fight every year. On the one hand I really love the wolves in Hanover. They are so strong, so proud and you can take photos of them without a fence, if you like to. On the other hand I don't think the zoo really knows what they are doing. Three wolves died in the last years and in my opinion, two of them could live if the zoo would have acted more reponsibly. So, a hard decision. Maybe my bank account can help me.

To the picture: The composition is not that normal, some may think its not good, because there is so much space and the wolf is just on one side with his ears cutted off. But I like it the way it is and I like the colours. And the strong, determined look in Bernie's eyes :aww:

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Feel free to use it for manipulations, roleplays or other things - as long as it is for private use. Commercial use is not allowed, that includes (point)comissions here on dA. Nevertheless, I would be glad if you work with my picture. A credit and a link back to my profile would be nice and fair. Thank you!
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warhorsegirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was just looking over my past deviations and came across this :…

Still to this day I marvel at the ability your image has to provoke thoughts. Thank you for your stock.
Wincey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for using it! :)
warhorsegirl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome,it realy should be me thanking you ^.^
Otter231 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
:dance: Awww! I love this image! Thank you for capturing it :D
Wincey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks you :)
Charlie-Lang Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He's got a LOT of grey for a 5 year old, is that normal for wolves? I never see dogs with so much grey at such a young age.
Wincey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that's normal for Timberwolves. Some "loose" their colour earlier, some later. But you can't compare it to dogs, in that case they are completely different.
Charlie-Lang Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why though? They're of the same stock, technically. Is that a trait that just got bred out over the generations?
Wincey Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, technically, but I fear it's not that easy. Look at Chihuahuas... what do they really have in common with a wolf? I think through breeding we lost a lot of wolfish things in our dogs.
Charlie-Lang Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They have genes in common. Phenotypical traits is one thing, but when you get down to the base DNA, a chihuahua could (theoretically) impregnate a wolf, and have viable offspring. That's still a fairly close relationship. And usually the wolfish things are gone so we can get along better with dogs. I'm not going to speak for chihuahuas because I hate them haha, yappy, snappy little pests, but for a /REAL/ dog, you can still see these traits in every day life. Of course they are not a wolf - but a border collie, for instance, retains the hunting instinct of the wolf, short of the kill. All dogs retain pack loyalty. Dogs will roll in shit, and mud, and dead things, which was a ploy used by wolves to cover their scent. EVERYTHING a dog does, traces back to the wolf, and wolfish traits. Really it's just a tame wolf that looks different (sometimes markedly). A domestic wolf, if you like.

I love wolves, and I'd love to have a wolfdog, but I can still easily see the trait in normal dogs.
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