Amaruq means wolf in Inuktitut.
How can a vicious predator be so tender to its own young? How can an animal that has perfected the art of teamwork use its skill only to kill? Such is the paradox of nature. Maybe that's why wolves have so many human defenders: they so resemble our best animal friend in looks and, sometimes, demeanor; yet, unlike their domesticated cousins, they have not relinquished their independence nor their wild streak.
Natures ironies, of course, often swing full circle and not all people are tender-minded towards the wolf: many human residents of the north spend the winter with a ring of wolf fur around their heads. Since the fur is naturally very warm, it makes cozy parka trim, protecting the faces inside from the bitter Arctic cold and wind.
W. Hall, Environmental Canada/Canadian Wildlife Service.
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