Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan
| As with many social mammals, the adolescent males always seem to engage in the roughest play. Here, two yearling arctic wolves play with 10-week-old pups on the tundra of Canada’s Ellesmere Island. Even though Gray Mane, as he's called, was only a year old, he was the largest wolf in his pack and he clearly liked to play a little rough with the small pups.
As with humans, play reinforces social bonds, promotes physical awareness, and just plain feels good. Check out the current issue of National Geographic for my article on the wolves (written by Neil Shea @neilshea13)
. A related three-part series on @natgeowild
premieres tonight, August 25 at 8 p.m. EST, directed by Tony Gerber and filmed by Luke Padgett and me.