Wolves grow to about 80% of their final body weight in their first year of life.
Thus… if the old adage that 1 wolf year = 7 human years is true — the average 7-year-old girl would weigh about 100 and the average 7-year-old boy would weigh about 130(!)
In reality, the 7 to 1 rule doesn’t work in:
- a wolf’s first 2-1/2 years — when they are more advanced than us, nor
- in a wolf’s later years — when s/he can sometimes live longer than most humans (in wolf years)
From the Wolf Sanctuary of PA:
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you news of the passing of an esteemed member of the Big Pack. Frodo passed away naturally on Sunday evening, April 10. He was 15 years old.
Frodo was a strong and dignified member of the Big Pack. Though he never took up the role of an alpha, his pack-mates always treated him with a great deal of respect and admiration. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
This is Frodo, who lives at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA (WolfSanctuaryPA.org). He’s 15 years old, which means he’s both wise and a survivor — which I respect. The Sanctuary tells me he’s on medication for his older joints (join the club!!) and they’re watching a cataract forming in his right eye.
How long can wolves live? In the wild in Yellowstone National Park, wolves live on average 5-7 years, with just a few hitting the 9-year mark. They die from hunters (if they roam outside the park), other wolves, disease and old age. At the Wolf Sanctuary, they’ve eliminated the first two causes of death, and they treat the wolves for many diseases. They tell me the oldest a wolf has lived with them is 19 years(!)
I “adopted” Frodo in February 2021. You can adopt a wolf of your own. It’s just $55, which helps the Sanctuary cover costs at a time when visitor revenues are so reduced. They’ve got quite a few choices so you can pick a wolf that speaks to you. You get an adoption certificate and a great photo of your new family member. (Photo used with their permission.)