Photographer Gets Insanely Friendly with a Pack of Wolves

Here’s a crazy video that’s equal parts cute, touching and absolutely terrifying. In the short clip, a photographer gets closer and more friendly with a pack of wolves than we ever care to try for ourselves.

Posted by YouTube user WolvesofEurope, there’s not much information given, but the video kind of speaks for itself.

Chances are good the wolves you see were raised in captivity (wild wolves would never get this affectionate with a human) and given what sounds like a tour guide’s voice in the background, this was probably shot at a wild animal reserve.


Still, captivity or not, it takes some cojones of steel to sit there and let wolves fight over who gets to lick your face, all the while trying to keep your camera and lens (and face… did we mention face?) safe from harm.

When we tell you not to try something at home, it’s usually because there’s some chance you could. Well, we’re fairly certain you don’t have a wolf pack at your disposal, but just in case you do, remember: don’t try this at home.

(via Reddit)

Update: Thanks to Twitter user ‏@Xzadfor for pointing out that this is Wolf Park photographer Monty Sloan. At the time, he was photographing the main pack at the Battle Ground, Indiana park for his Photo of the Day website. Here’s a longer version of the video:

  • Ralph Hightower

    Question: Have the wolves been vaccinated against rabies?
    It looked like the photographer was going to be in the middle of a fight.
    I saw dominant behavior with the mounting of other wolves and also submissive behavior in what were probably “blow jobs”.

  • 453543543

    i bet he smells like a wolve…

  • Vlad Dusil

    This reminds me of Timothy Treadwell.

  • Colby

    Woah, Liam Niessen looks really different in The Grey 2.

  • John R

    Don’t forget the person filming this, they were right in there. Puzzled that the featured photographer had a long lens on, I would have thought that a wide angle would be the one to use.

  • Bob

    Not too sure about the use of the flash as well (0:43); not only in terms of actual photographic sense, but also from an animal reaction point of view

  • jrconner

    My thoughts exactly. Wolves are not nearly as dangerous as grizzly bears, but unlike dogs, they are not domesticated and thus are wild animals. If I were this guy’s insurance agent, I’d be close to having a heart attack.

  • Jake

    “There’s nothing so tragic as seeing a family pulled apart by something as simple as a pack of wolves.”
    -Jack Handy

  • Island In The Sky

    It’s all love, fun & games until your face gets eaten off…

  • Kiltedbear

    To be fair, they know Monty REALLY WELL. He’s been doing this for decades at Wolf Park. He’s the official photographer at the park. You would not want to attempt this otherwise.

  • Kiltedbear

    He’s the park official photographer. These wolves are born knowing Monty. Your average photographer shouldn’t attempt this.

  • grannygrey50

    Battle Ground Wolf Park has been there for many, many, many years. I learned much from them in the early 70’s as I had two wolf hybrids. My vet was a zoo vet, in fact.

    What you were seeing was some normal pack behavior, laying the law down as to pack order, and a couple trying to figure out if the photographer was ‘part of the pack’. They live as a pack but are familiar with humans and can deal with them. If something were to happen, most of them are perfectly capable of surviving on their own.

    My Cholla looked just like these; Charlie Brown was a smaller, darker one.. He came from Wyoming as a youngster. My children, and all that I cared for were part of ‘the pack’, and they figured out they really didn’t want to get into a fight with each other. Cholla had a habit of pinching the offenders..not biting..but pinching.

  • Rabi Abonour

    Yeah, he’s been there like 25 years. The staff at Wolf Park knows their stuff. They don’t just let any guest do that.

  • Heather Morgan

    I have been to a wolf preserve with my camera club. They’re beautiful, wonderful creatures. They are usually half-breeds raised in captivity, however what I learned is that a wolf in the wild will most likely run away from you than attack. They are NOT the dangerous predators everyone believes them to be.

    FYI: this pic was taken with a 28mm. He woke up for a second, gave me this soulful look, then went right back to his nap.. lol

  • Tokyo 多才 Electronics

    I would be shitting my pants lol

  • Steven Wade

    I’d be more scared of a pack of wolves than a grizzly bear. Those things are fierce!

  • Jonathan Lynn

    I’ve been to Wolf Park a number of times and most of the wolves there are quite friendly. They even have a program to “sponsor” a wolf that you can meet face to face throughout the year. The animals are all tame and raised with humans very early on in their lives and the permanent staff are all used to dealing with the animals. That being said they are still wild animals and are treated with the proper healthy respect for that fact.

    Monty himself is an old pro at dealing with the pack’s hijinks and an excellent photographer. I only hope to be as skilled as he is someday.

  • Cinekpol

    Wolves can be dangerous – especially when they have nowhere to run away (like… in parks!) or when people start to threat them like a dogs. Wolves are not dogs, they got different behaviors and different reactions.
    General rule should always be in effect:
    – Don’t disturb wild animals
    – Don’t destroy or interfere with their habitat.

    People usually are guilty of breaking the second rule – that’s when wolves start killing sheep or terrorizing small communities – but if human breaks the first rule results can be by far worse. Yes – likely wolves will escape, but noone should ever take chances. Lone human doesn’t stand a chance against well coordinated wild predators.

  • Andrew B

    I believe its the 35-350L.

  • jrconner

    I live in NW Montana, where we have both wolves and grizzlies. Wolves almost never attack humans, but grizzlies do and the results are always bloody and sometimes fatal. A wolf’s howl will send a chill down your spine, but a bear’s bite will sever an artery. I recommend reading Stephen Herrero’s book, Bear Attacks.

  • Dr. David Orman

    I would be in my glory with this!!!!

  • ShadesofBlue

    Small wolves compared to the Timber wolves up here in Nunavut

  • Bianca Bradley

    The alpha’s were keeping stuff pretty much under control. This was mostly threat display and dominance, no real aggression occurred.

  • Halfrack

    Note to self – do not eat peanut butter or bacon on days you visit the local wolf pack.

    Hope he packed a change of clothes or a couple of lint rollers – fur like that sticks around for days..

  • TheWolfen

    The reason why wild wolves would never get this affectionate is that you would never see them. They are terrified of humans and rightfully so – we are far more dangerous to them than they are to us. Attacks on humans practically unheard of and virtually always involve a starving animal. Treat them with respect and be honored should you ever be so lucky to see one in the wild. They are a vital part of our ecosystem – one that is mostly missing on our planet. They aren’t monsters and shouldn’t be treated as such.

  • Jason

    I’m from just north of the border from you. I had no problem meeting a wolf on a trail last year. Bears and cougars I’m very happy to keep away from.

  • Renata

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Monty. He was our tour guide during a field trip to Wolf Park, and he is so full of information, we could’ve easily doubled the length of our tour! Very patient with the students’ questions, and so knowledgeable about each animal at the Park. What a great photographer too! Awesome guy; you can see those wolves just love him.

  • Xondra

    yep, absolutely. But who cares about rabies when they could have just killed and eaten him?