Why animals make noise? What they suggest? Austria-based scientists have discovered that the lonesome howl of the wolf doesn’t mean the animal is sad or distressed but it actually expresses the quality of relationships between the wolves.
The researchers based at Austria’s Wolf Science Centre said wolves howl more when a close companion or high-ranking group member leaves.
The findings, published in Current Biology, suggest the wolf’s howl is explained by social factors rather than physiological ones such as stress.
The study further explains relationships of wolf within its pack. Wolves are considered to be social creatures.
“Our results suggest the connection of social factor more in the howling behaviour than the emotional one in the wolf,” says Prof Friederike Range of the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.
The researchers also suggested that the wolves make such sound to provide a sound-based beacon to help the wandering wolf find its way back to the safety of the pack.