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Short Video: Agonistic Behavior in Wolves

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The wolves in this clip are showing obvious agonistic behavior, in a ritual display that probably evolved to decide which males gain access to a resource such as a mate or food. This is generally symbolic activity that does not result in actual injury. In this clip, you can see the wolves showing aggression by baring their teeth; erecting their ears, tail, and fur; standing upright; and looking directly at their opponent. These movements make the animal appear larger and more threatening. Credit: National Geographic
The wolves in this clip are showing obvious agonistic behavior, in a ritual display that probably evolved to decide which males gain access to a resource such as a mate or food. This is generally symbolic activity that does not result in actual injury. In this clip, you can see the wolves showing aggression by baring their teeth; erecting their ears, tail, and fur; standing upright; and looking directly at their opponent. These movements make the animal appear larger and more threatening. Credit: National Geographic