Romeo the Wolf: A noble ambassador of wildlife among humans
When most people see a wolf, they instinctively feel the need to flee. So imagine the surprise Nick Jans felt when he found a wolf in his backyard, peacefully playing with his labrador.
BRIGHT SIDE decided to share with you the fascinating story of this highly unusual and enigmatic wolf which made a life for itself among human beings.
Once, Nick Jans was in his backyard with his dog when they were visited by an unexpected guest.
The man expected the predator would attack either him or his pet, but when his labrador ran up to the wolf, they just started playing peacefully.
From that point onwards, the wolf, who was given the name Romeo, began to appear periodically in the Jans’ backyard to play with their dog.
Romeo turned out to be an extremely friendly creature, and soon earned the friendship and respect not only of the other dogs in the neighbourhood, but the local people themselves.
At first, the locals were constantly worried that the wolf might turn on them, but after a while they realised that Romeo appeared only to play and have fun.
There was never a single case in which Romeo tried to hurt the dogs or the children whom he played with.
In time, he even began to adopt the habits of his new canine friends, playfully running around with them and fetching toys and sticks.
Incredibly, Romeo behaved just like an ordinary domesticated dog.
The powerful predator lived side by side with the locals for more than six years, and became a real symbol of their village — Juneau in Alaska.
© (c)Klas Stolpe © The inscription reads: Romeo, 2003-2009. The spirit of a Juneau's friendly black wolf continues to live on in this wild place.
Romeo died in 2009. In 2010, the people of Juneau set up a memorial in his honour. Perhaps they felt the need to remember forever this beautiful wolf which showed that even animals which are by nature fearsome predators can sometimes forge a bond of genuine love and affection for their fellow living things in this beautiful and incredible world.