Monday, September 19, 2011

Red Riding Hood and Grandma

OK.  It's time to get down to business and write about wolves.  I've put cotton in the cat's ears (Yeah, THAT was fun!) so he doesn't hear that this post isn't about him.

Wait.  Evil Twin is bringing me something to post.  Hmmm, it's a photo and she is telling me it's wolves:



Gee, um, I don't think so, ET, but I'll let it stay here so you won't get upset with me and write on me with a permanent black marker during the night....

Anyway, that photo looks mysteriously like bear......soap. 

Hee Hee.  It IS bear soap and it looks a lot like what we got at each of the places we stayed inside the park on our vacation.    I took them home as souvenirs soap to bathe with and I bet she staged them for that photo, that silly girl.

We recently visited Yellowstone National Park.  We heard all about the wolves being re-introduced into the park several years ago and how they have grown into several different packs.  We even heard that one pack killed off another pack.   Ugh!  Nature is brutal.  The wolves keep the elf....er...elk population under control and will certainly munch on a dead bison or moose when available.    There is no record of wolves dressed as Grandma harassing little girls wearing red.

They are playful creatures.  This one decides he wants a game of, well, something.



Nope.  We didn't shoot that video but it did happen in Yellowstone the week after we left.

I bet you're asking if we actually saw any wolves? 

What?  You're not?

Pffft. 

We did.  See?



No?  You didn't see?  Click and make it bigger.  Look for tiny red circles in the center near the trees.

Yes, wolves, really. 

We were able to spot the wolves when we noticed folks at a pull-out with a scope focused on something far, far, away.  I looked through the scope and saw black wolf pups playing.  Aws. Hubby saw a lighter-colored adult. 

We even took one home as a warm, cuddly, souvenir:



Yeah.  This one is Cat's wolf.  Every time he wakes up, it's a whole new world and when he sees this wolf, he has to kill it....again.  He was just about to pounce when I snapped this photo. 

Sheesh.

Nature is so brutal.

Photo credits:  Soap and stuffed wolf: Reffie, youtube video: some lucky dude, Real wolves: Hubby

11 comments:

Rob-bear said...

Wolves? I didn't even see the red circles.
Next time, take pictures of something worth taking. Like Bears. Not the tiny bits of soap. No, take the real thing! Up close and personal. They'll Bear with you wile you're taking their photos.

Boom Boom Larew said...

Maybe I should get Henry a wolf for a friend. They could go out stealing traffic cones together. It might get him to stop chewing on my shoes.

Beau's Mom said...

Life IS brutal. Some times it's best not to listen to the tour guides...

Bear soap for your bare behind. I like the concept.

Belle said...

Cute little soaps! I love Yellowstone. Did you know they brought wolves from Canada to populate Yellowstone? It is nice to know they are thriving. I honestly didn't know the packs killed each other. Not very neighborly! Great post.

Sue said...

I can't see them, I just can't see them. I'm squinting even and can't see the wolves. Is is one of those pictures you have to stare at until your eyes water and then you see a totally different picture? I'm going to go back and stare at it some more.

ReformingGeek said...

@Rob-bear - They are in the center of the photo, near the trees. Yes, next time I'll spread honey over myself and attract bears so I can photograph them. :)

@Boom Boom - Yes, I'm sure a wolf would be a great companion. Hee Hee. Sorry about your shoes.

@Beau's Mom - Yes, I should have plugged my ears or at least put the soap in them.

@Belle - Thanks for the wolves Canada! I thought the soaps were very cute. I'll be sad to use them!

@Sue - Oh dear. I'm sorry you can't see them. The circles are very small. You'll blame me for your headache, won't you?

Quirkyloon said...

Oreo has a toy wolf?

What is this world coming too!

Kidding! Is evil twin teaching him?

"Sic the wolf, Oreo! Sic him!"

HA!

I can just see her evil grin shining in the night.

hee hee

Lauren said...

Wolves enclosed in protective red circles. Definitely saw that. I was disappointed I didn't see Yogi the bear or Wiley coyote.

ReformingGeek said...

@Quirky - Evil Twin and I fight over who gets to teach Oreo his tricks.

@Lauren - The bears were hiding and Wiley was too busy looking for the roadrunner.

Sue said...

I have a headache and I wonder whose fault it is? Hmmmmmmm.

K A B L O O E Y said...

I see the wolf has a tracking device clipped to his ear. I guess he's part of some survey. Hope the researchers aren't upset he wolves have spread out into Texas.


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