Wolves lead a feast and famine existence and can go up to two weeks or longer without eating.
When they do chow down, they make up for it by gorging. In scientific studies where captive wolves were not fed for several days and then given the opportunity to eat as much as they wanted – most gained nine kilograms (20 pounds) in a frenzy of feeding.
These three wolves were running and playing in deep snow after feeding on a big moose kill in Alaska. According to the photographer, John Hyde, the other nine members of the pack were too full to move.
I love the energy and movement of this photo and the playfulness of it too. The wolves look like they’re running full out, yet appear to be within touching distance of one another.
I wonder if they were gliding through the snow like synchronized swimmers or deliberately bumping into each other?
Either way, I’m delighted the image was chosen for the cover of Return of the Wolf.