Why wolves howl on the moon

With wolves, we always associate a full moon, a deaf forest and howl. Films, books and much more are really very often portrayed by these animals, lifting their heads and making a long sound during the full moon. But why is it so?

In fact, this is not the case. “Until now, dog handlers have not discovered any connection between the phases of the moon and the wolf howling,” experts say. “Wolves are more likely to whine at night because they are night animals. And they turn their faces to the moon and stars because if the sound is sent up, it spreads much further “.  

Howl of wolves is a way of communicating animals between flocks. First of all, in this way they report their location. They can also warn each other about impending danger. If you hear not a single whispering, but immediately a wolf “choir”, this means that animals inform their rivals about the size of their pack. Even several individuals can “sing” so that an enemy flock might think that there are a lot of wolves in another group.

Where did the myth come from that the wolves are howling only to the full moon? Experts believe that this “fairy tale” stems from the mythology of indigenous Americans: “Many ancient civilizations constantly connected wolves with the moon in their art. Ultimately, it grew into legends that have become popular now. “. There are also similar images in European society. For example, Hecate, the ancient Greek goddess of moonlight, the underworld, all mysterious, magic and witchcraft, kept many dogs. The same applies to Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon and hunting. Scandinavian mythology talks about a pair of wolves who chase the moon and the sun to cause night and day.

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