Gray Wolf

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Gray Wolf

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Character Data
Also known as: Grey Wolf
Japanese Name: タイリクオオカミ
Romanised Name: Tairiku Ōkami
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Canis lupus
Distribution: North America, Eurasia
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 7-8 Years
Read More: Gray wolf
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Gray Wolf Anime Season 2 Manga Festival Pavilion KF3 Kingdom Nexon Game Gallery

Gray Wolf is a wolf Friend who has appeared in most of the Kemono Friends media to date.

Appearance

Gray Wolf has distinctive wolf ears on her head, two-tone tail (mostly white with a black tip), and heterochromic eyes (a yellow right eye and a blue left eye). She also has dichromactic, long, wild, and black-and-white hair. The white hairs appear near the ends of her hair and the sides of her bangs. She wears a black suit with a white fur collar, a white shirt, black tie, white gloves, two-tone black stockings, and a gingham-patterned, black-and-white skirt.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role First Appearance
2015Nexon Game Minor character
2015Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park! Minor characterCh2
2017Kemono Friends (2017 Anime) Minor characterEpisode 10
2018Kemono Friends Pavilion Observable character
2018Kemono Friends Festival Minor character
2018Welcome to Japari Park (2018 ONA)Background characterEpisode 35
2018Kemono Friends PicrossAppears on multiple puzzles
2019Kemono Friends 2 Background characterEpisode 8
2019Kemono Friends 3 Minor character
2019Kemono Friends 3: Planet Tours Playable character
2022Kemono Friends Kingdom Minor character in story, playable character

In Real Life

Gray wolves are a fairly common animal that can be seen throughout North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Due to the varying climates, gray wolves vary in size and weight. Like most canine families, gray wolves are social animals. They tend to have packs that consists of a family of 5–11 animals (1–2 adults, 3–6 juveniles and 1–3 yearlings).

A prowling gray wolf.

Although many people fear wolves, a majority of recorded attacks on people have been attributed to wolves suffering from rabies. Non-rabid wolves have rarely attacked and killed people, as they tend to live away from people and have developed a fear of humans. Despite this, they still face a lot of human threats, such as farmers protecting their livestock, hunters setting traps, and people shooting them out of pure fear. In the mid 1930s, the rampant killing of gray wolves almost drove them entirely out of North America.

Despite their feared reputation, the Native Americans honored the gray wolf. They were believed to be spiritual guides that lead people into the afterlife, and became a well-respected animal as a result. Tribes admired the wolves for how similar they were to humans, as they too were social, hunters of animals, and family-dependent. Some tribes claimed they developed their hunting techniques by watching gray wolves hunt their prey.

A resting Gray Wolf. Photo by Gary Kramer via the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (specifically this page).

Mating season for gray wolves occurs from January to February. During this, the alpha male and their partner will mate. Normally, no other wolves in the pack will mate, but it can still happen from time to time. The female will have up to 6 pups, which the entire pack will protect as a whole. When the pup reaches the age of two to three years old, they will either join another pack or find a mate and form their own.

Like other wolves, gray wolves enjoy a carnivorous diet. They mostly eat hooved animals, otherwise known as ungulates. This includes elk, deer, moose, and caribou. They're also known to feed on smaller animals such as rabbits. They are capable of eating between 7-20lbs of meat in one sitting. Their favored method of hunting is chasing, due to their ability to run up to 38 miles per hour and for distances up to 12 miles. Should they find an animal that died before they found it (such as from natural causes), a gray wolf won't shy away from scavenging for meat.

Trivia

Two wolves at the La Boissière-du-Doré Zoo in France, displaying different coat colors. Photo by user Stéfan.
  • A wolf's howl is unique between each wolf. It's possible to identify a specific gray wolf by the sound of their howl alone.
  • There are more than 30 recognized subspecies, including the New Guinea Singing Dog, Dingo, and Domestic Dog.
  • Her coloration as well having heterochoma on her eyes seems based on Zeroyasha, the ninja dog from Keroro series.

References

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