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AOL.com Article - Study: Wolves can communicate with just their eyes
Study: Wolves can communicate with just their eyes
Ever try to talk to your friends without actually speaking? It can be a bit challenging ... which is what makes this discovery all the more impressive. A new study suggests wolves can communicate using only their eyes.
A wolf plays with a one-month-old puppy in its enclosure of Berlin\'s Zoo on May 31, 2013 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Two one-month-old puppies play in their enclosure of Berlin\'s Zoo on May 31, 2013 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A group of humane societies Friday, April 12, 2013, appealed a Dane County, Wis., judge\'s ruling that wolf hunters can use dogs, extending their fight to erase one of the most polarizing elements of Wisconsin\'s wolf season. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)
FILE - This undated image provided by Yellowstone National Park, Mont., shows a gray wolf in the wild inside the park. Montana wildlife regulators have given their initial approval to wolf-trapping rules meant to reduce the chances of other animals, such as dogs and lynx, being caught. (AP Photo/National Park Service, MacNeil Lyons, file)
FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo is a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. A Wisconsin judge is to decide Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, whether to issue an injunction blocking wolf hunts while he weighs a lawsuit filed by a coalition of humane societies. They allege the DNR failed to set up restrictions on the use of dogs, creating the potential for bloody wolf-dog fights in the woods. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)
Wolf pups play at the Mission Wolf refuge near Westcliff, Colo., in this Jan. 1997, photo. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to wolf dogs, hybrid canines that are part wolf and part dog, experts say. (AP Photo/Tracy Brooks)
Researchers looked at pictures of almost every species and found they have a special eye-based communication system. They narrowed it down to 3 basic patterns:
Certain wolves, dogs and even humans identify with type-A. The researchers wrote about their findings, "A-type faces tended to be observed in species living in family groups all year-round..."
Type B is common among other wolves, foxes and dingos that tend to travel solo or in pairs, and type C was found in primitive species like African wild dogs, that live in packs, but mostly hunt alone.
This isn\'t an entirely new theory - scientists believe one of the reasons humans have white surrounding our irises is so we can tell what others are looking at.
Ok so this sounds goofy but I have a german Shephard and she is the smartest dog I have ever seen. I have communicated with her with my eyes in the past. If i look her in the eyes and then turn my eyes to the floor in front of me, she comes and sits down. Animals are so smart, most of the time they are more intelligent than humans. And my baby girl is so so smart. Its funny because every now and then she will have an accident in the house, not pee but the other, and its my fault because I may have not let her out before bed. Anyhow when that does happen, in the morning before my alarm goes off, like 5 or 10 mins before, she will come and cuddle next to me in bed. She knows if we cuddle then I will think of how cute she is when I see her mess up lol...so smart
I don\'t know what the big deal is. I have spoke to my grandchildren with just a look. they know just what I mean. So why can\'t animals do the same?
The study of humans and the study of animals are quite different.
So one looks at the other and says can I smell your ass?
But I hear research is going well. Don\'t give up hope....
All Wolves are good for is wiping out the Deer & Elk all across the western US !
This has to be one of the most poorly communicated stories I\'ve ever read. Completely unclear what the difference is in the different eye types, and the only thing I got out of it is that different species have different looking eyes. No kidding.. really? Says absolutely nothing about the premiss of the story which is that wolves communicate with their eyes. Try again please.
I just said nearly the exact same thing.
The writer of this so called article has no clue about wolves. Other than eyes there are so many subtle communication ques/body language in all animals. Before you write something as ignorant as this study up please.
This really isn\'t very surprising, considering that domestic dogs look at their owners\' faces for visual cues.
Sounds like another professional grant recepient
Where wolves have been reintroduced, elk population remain about the same, but their destruction of riverbanks has decreased significantly because they can\'t hang around there, so now other species are benefiting as well. Win Win.
Fear and hate-based nonsense about wolves does not pass the TRUTH test.
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