Why get up when you can howl while lying down? Meet Alawa and Zephyr.
This adorable pair of gray wolves were caught on camera howling lazily as they took their daily nap.
Alawa and Zephyr live at the Wolf Conservation Center, a nonprofit in South Salem, New York.
When you picture wolves howling, you probably think of them under the full moon, howling majestically with their heads held high.
Well, not these two!
The duo was too lazy to stand up, so instead, they tilted their heads to the side and let out a howl.
The pair are ambassador wolves, which means their job is to help teach the public about wolves and the critical role they play in nature’s ecosystem.
As soon as another wolf starts howling in the distance, they will respond.
You may be surprised to learn that the howling goes on for more than two minutes, then they return to snoozing immediately!
Maggie Howell of the Wolf Conservation Center talked about what a typical day for a wolf in their sanctuary looks like. She had this to say:
“For wild wolves, every day is for survival. Wolves rely on each other to function, thrive, and survive.”
“As highly social animals, wolves live in structured family units called packs. Cooperative living offers some benefits to the wolf family. Teamwork facilitates successful hunting, pupation, territorial defense, and more. ”
“While our ambassador wolves do not pose a problem to the wild landscape, in everything they do together.
“They play together, sing together, groom one another and most importantly, love each other.”
Howell explained why wolves howl for so long:
“They probably couldn’t resist reacting to one of the other 40 wolves that called the Wolf Conservation Center home.”
“Wolves howl to communicate over long distances — they can hear howls up to 10 miles away in open terrain!”
A howl can mean many things: a greeting, a rallying cry to bring the pack together, an announcement of their presence to warn other wolves to stay away from their territory, or a playful and engaged spontaneous expression. Whatever the meaning, it never gets old! ”
“Wolves are important keystone species in a healthy ecosystem. By regulating prey populations, wolves allow many other species of flora and animals to proliferate.”
“In this respect, the wolves initiate a domino effect: “touch” songbirds, beavers, fish, and butterflies. Without predators, such as wolves, the system cannot support a natural level of biodiversity. ”
“Beyond their ecological importance, wolves are unique, sentient creatures who have a value in and of themselves,” explained Howell.
“Their presence reminds us that we must learn to appreciate wildlife for its intrinsic value, respect its right to exist, and humanely care for the survival of entire species. ”
“Otherwise, we fail ourselves — now and for future generations.”
Watch Alawa and Zephyr’s lazy howls: