Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Japanese wolf

The Japanese wolf (Canis Lupus Hodophilax), also known as the Honshu wolf or Hondo wolf, lived on the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu like most animals in Japan. The Honshu wolf was one of the smallest wolves in the world and it was believed to understand human speech, rewarding good and punishing evil and its population began to decrease in 1732 when rabies were 1st reported on Kyushu and Shikoku. Though declared extinct in 1905, some photographs show specimens surviving until 1910, the 1930's, the 50's, and even the 90's. They worked with people like Asian elephants, Dingoes, Japanese bobtails, some other wolves, and Asiatic cheetahs and they were betrayed as vicious for attacking horses. In the 1990's, people in Japan started hearing howls that many believed to be coming from a wolf. While it was not yet been confirmed, Many think that the wolves may still be roaming out there waiting to be discovered or maybe the howl was coming from a domestic dog. There are 5 mounted specimens in exhibits; 3 in Japan, 1 in The Netherlands, and the last specimen of Nara Prefecture killed in a British museum. There are shrines to the wolf located in Saitama, Shizuoka, and even Tokyo. Both the Hokkaido wolf and Honshu wolf might be alive still! Both of those wolves are extinct and are all subspecies of Canis Lupus. Both Japanese wolves were descended from those wolves of Siberia and North America. The middle number of both wolves arriving in Japan is 52 thousand years ago.  Their fur was similar to domestic dogs, jackals, and even coyotes. The last specimen was killed in Nara prefecture in 1905 and it was a male. Many villages such as Okami'wa (Wolf Rock) and Okamitaria (Wolf Plateau) are named after the wolf. The Hokkaido wolf arrived in Japan more recently than the Honshu wolves. wolves arrived in Japan 75 thousand years ago in the Joman period. One day, a 28,000 year old specimen was found in the Yana river in the arctic circle in Siberia. I hope you guys realize that we are the bad ones not them. This is a picture of a statue of the last Honshu wolf of Nara Prefecture. Speaking of the last specimen of Nara Prefecture and mounted in a British museum, there were regular gray wolves that also used to live in the British and Irish countrysides. The Hokkaido wolves that also lived in Japan also survived on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1945. The Arabian wolf (Canis Lupus Arabs) is actually the original smallest wolf species so the Honshu wolf was probably the 2nd smallest.

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