Wolves are incredibly striking animals but unfortunately, not many people get to interact too much with them, let alone walk freely with them. However, Danielle, a wildlife worker at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, is one of those people who does get close to wolves. Several timberwolves completely trust and respect her and seem to truly love her, as we can see in the video below.
Kekoa, Hawaiian for “the brave one”, is the big grey wolf that we can see walking next to Danielle in the beginning of the video. Kekoa is nine-years-old and was moved in from the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Florida together with his sister Sakara, who we can also see in the video. Kekoa loves human company, according to the Wildlife Center, he is extraordinarily gentle to visitors and he likes to give them kisses.
Watching Kekoa interact with Danielle tells us this handsome fellow clearly loves the ladies. He follows her enthusiastically, wagging his tail wildly and when she sits down in the snow he affectionately rubs his head against her and bows in submission. He then continues to show his affection to her by licking her face.
This cute soft and sweet baby is actually really big. When he puts his front paws on someone’s shoulders he measures about 7 feet tall and weighs 115 pounds. Danielle is of average height and we can see the difference between them is significant. Sakara, Kekoa’s sister, is a little smaller and weighs 85 pounds.
The sweetest part of the video is when Kekoa rolls on his back and shows Danielle his belly. This shows that he really trusts her (and of course that he wants her to give him a belly rub) and that he is being really vulnerable around her. Kekoa also isn’t a completely wild wolf.
Michelle Smith, from the Dodo Wildlife Center, said: “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.” To clarify her point: a regular wild wolf wouldn’t allow a human to pet them or even approach them at all. They try to avoid human contact entirely.
But this video shows that when the circumstances are right, wolf and man can get along very well. They can be very sweet and kind, unlike many stories who portray them as evil and malicious. They are actually very misunderstood animals who are very intelligent and can be very social.
Check out the video for some heartwarming footage and see for yourself how loving these animals can be.