When a wolf has its face next to yours you have good reason to be petrified.This is not the case however for wildlife worker Danielle who loves playing with the 8-year-old timber wolf, Kekoa.
A video released by the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center shows the girl and wolf happily interacting in the snow; he even licks her face! Kekoa is originally from the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Florida and came to Colorado with his sister Sakara.
His name means Brave One in native American. He is best known for his thick silver-gray mane and his striking appearance.
‘Kekoa is a handsome young male with a sweet personality, which is good because he loves to greet visitors with wolf kisses,’ his biography on the center’s site says.
‘When he puts his paws on an other person’s shoulders he towers at about 7 feet.’ He also weighs 115lbs.
Danielle shows no fear as she plays with Kekoa. ‘I have always had a passion for nature and animals,’ she explains on the site, ‘These wolves have my heart and I am honoured to have been accepted into their pack’.
Uploaded on to Facebook, the video has now been viewed nearly 7,000,000 times.
‘I wish everyone understood that wolves are awesome & loving,’ one person writes. Another comments: ‘Thank you for taking such great care and loving these beautiful animals!’
Timber wolves are also known as grey wolves. In the lower 48 states of the US, they were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced.
Few grey wolves survive in Europe, but many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia.
They are sociable animals who normally roam in packs of six to ten. When hunting large animals such as deer, moose and elk they will help each other.
Moreover when one of the pack has pups they will all help to take care of the cub by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt.