This shot was taken at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center this past weekend. For those of you that live in Colorado I highly recommend a visit if you have not done so already. Being surrounded by these beautiful and powerful creatures is something of a spiritual experience.
One of the most fascinating aspects of wolves is their ability to communicate fairly complex messages to each other, and do so in a simple, precise manner. For instance, the Alpha male in a pack is typically the only one that mates with "his" partner. However, if reproduction in the pack is suffering and weakens, due to offspring not being born, the Alpha will grant "permission" to one or two other males (betas or subordinates) to mate with his female. That's right, he grants them "permission". How they communicate that is quite astounding.
Another little known fact is that wolves mate for life. That kind of loyalty is rare in the animal kingdom.
There must be a million analogies to advertising communication in here somewhere...