Interacting with wolves is not a normal thing for humans. But when it does happen, the bond between human and wolf is very strong (video below.)
Danielle, a wildlife worker at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is one of these humans that has a strong bond with a wolf. She has gained their trust and respect and the wolves treat her as one of their own.
Watch Kekoa the large grey wolf as he happily wags his tail, and very affectionately nuzzle up with her, even licking her face!
A regular type of wolf in the wild would never allow someone to pet them, nor even approach them. They steer clear of humans altogether.
Kekoa is not a fully wild wolf since he was basically bottle fed and raised by humans. Here’s what staff member Michelle Smith has to say about his upbringing:
“Since he was raised by people and bottle fed from the time he was born, he is very well socialized, meaning he enjoys the company of people. This is not the same as domesticated or tame. He is still a ‘wild’ animal, and he does tend to show it when he is around his sister. A wolf in the wild would not act this way.”
Watch how wonderful these animals really are when brought up in conditions where humans are present.