Sunday, May 10, 2009
Search: wolf copulation
Why: Kateloh saw a Discovery Channel show about Yellowstone that said wolves get "stuck together" for half an hour when they do it.
Answer: Yes! Lots of swelling goes on (especially in a special bone male wolves have called the baculum) to anchor all the reproductive parts together. The wolves remain locked in this position (doggy style?) for anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. This ensures that the female's cubs are the genetic offspring of that one mate. She can not copulate again for 24 hours after the coupling, which nearly guarantees that her eggs will be fertilized in that time.
Source: Lioncrusher's Domain
The More You Know: During the time that they are stuck together, the wolves may turn themselves 180 degrees so they face away from each other. This is so that they can defend themselves in case of attack.