In early summer of 2010, Shy Wolf Sanctuary was able to provide a home to four, 3 – week old pure wolf puppies who were accidentally born at another facility. We gladly welcomed Misun (the only male), Maraya (the only black one), Chatima and Namid. When the pups were about three months old they contracted an unknown condition which put their lives in jeopardy. After a lengthy stay at the animal hospital, blood transfusions, and many vet bills, they emerged as happy, friendly pups that couldn’t get enough attention from our volunteers.
In the beginning they lived in our spacious isolation enclosure but after some time had passed, and they grew bigger, we found it increasingly difficult to visit them. They literally very lovingly “attacked” anyone who entered the area . It was at that time we decided they needed adult supervision to calm them down. They were split into pairs and placed with adult wolves and wolfdogs.
We started seeing different personalities emerge. They have all become a bit cautious, a typical wolf trait. Maraya lives with her brother Misun after trying a few different pack situations. Maraya was one that always seemed to be picked on in a larger group.
As a pup Maraya was willing to be an ambassador, but like the others she became more cautious and unwilling to leave her territory as she matured. At three years of age, she wouldn’t even leave to go for a walk around the perimeter with her brother, Misun. She waited anxiously until he returned safely, all the while pacing and running back and forth, torn between her desire to be with him and her need to stay in a place she knows.
When Tien and Indy started to decline in health a decision was made to switch these two pairs. Tien was eased out of the ambassador role due to health issues. Maraya has matured and is becoming more willing to greet guests but is still working on her confidence. Bribes definitely ease the discomfort she feels and make it all worth while…especially liverwurst!