Wednesday, April 11, 2007

When Raising Children, Lead By Example

Wow, this is nuts. Maverick researcher Shaun Ellis raises abandoned wolf cubs and teaches them by example how to survive in the wild. In A Man Among Wolves, see Shaun's unorthodox approach to understanding wolves’ every move—living and behaving like them, howling, licking, and snarling like them, even eating carcass meat like them. (now that's commitment!) According to the National Geographic Channel: " This one-hour special documents this man’s incredible journey to better grasp the complex nature of wolf society by immersing himself in their world as their accepted leader. It is a curious study that provides Shaun with one-of-a-kind insight into this feared predator."

Can a human teach wolves to be wild? Are they learning real skills to survive from this man? Or is this just TV magic? What can we learn about interacting with our dogs from this human/wolf experiment?

Check out the trailer

Airs on the National Geographic Channel at 9P on Monday, April 16th. Also airs: Tuesday, April 17 Friday, April 2.

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