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Own Wolf Pack, Has Died Aged 80

He was so close to the animals that they would eat from his mouth. Spiegel Onlinereports that he has died after a short illness.

 Werner Freund, a former German paratrooper, established a wolf sanctuary in 1972 and raised more than 70 animals over the last 40 years.

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Werner had to behave as the wolf alpha male of the pack to earn
the other wolves respect and to be accepted.

With Mongolian wolves.

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With Mongolian wolves.

At feeding time, he had to ensure he fed first and would not allow any of the hungry wolves to come near.

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The EU regularly asked for his advice on wolf management
in those countries where they are making a comeback.

 

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Werner said he was battling the myth of the “dangerous wolf.”

 

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The wolves, acquired as cubs from zoos or animal parks, were mostly hand-reared.

 

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The sanctuary was home to six packs from European, Siberian, Canadian, Artic and Mongolian regions.

With Arctic wolves.

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With Arctic wolves.

He was born in Germany in 1933.
He said he got his love of animals from his mother.

 

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In the 1950s he worked as a zoo assistant in Stuttgart.

 

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He then spent 20 years as a career soldier.

 

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He once said: “Wild wolves are rarely aggressive towards people.
If there are attacks, they get big play in the press
precisely because they are so rare.”

 

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His wife was also a passionate supporter of animal welfare.

 

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With his wife Erika and their cat Max in the living room of their home near Wolfspark.

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With his wife Erika and their cat Max in the living room of their home near Wolfspark.