Rare Red Wolf Filmed Snatching up Fish from Shore of Drying Up Lake

This is the moment when a critically endangered female red wolf is photographed with a drone while she snatches up fish dying on the shore because of the drought at a fast receding lake.

The videographer, Meyrambek Aralbayuly, filmed the rare female red wolf from a bird’s eye view on the shore of the Caspian Sea in the Mangistau region in western Kazakhstan and posted the footage on his Instagram on 6th August.

The red wolf (Canis lupus rufus or Canis rufus) is a canine intermediate between the coyote (Canis latrans) and grey wolf (Canis lupus) and is recognized as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

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The footage that received about 2,500 views shows the female red wolf eating her fish supper before she notices the drone. After noticing the drone, the red wolf then runs away fearful of the mechanical device.

The videographer Meyrambek Aralbayuly noted that the red wolves are forced to feed on fish that was washed ashore due to the abnormal drought.

He also recalled that three years ago, red wolves attacked people in the village of Atash.

Some netizens expressed their sadness over the starving of the female red wolf.

An Instagram user named ’emma_ebergardt’ commented, “How scared and defenceless she is. I hope no one gets in her way.”

Others got angry over the videographer for filming the red-wolf so close and revealing her location.

An Instagram user named ‘noname.usering5’ commented, “The video is good, but why do you intimidate the she-wolf so much? Still so close. And why did you share her location? We have a lot of morons who hunt. The question is, why?”

It is unclear where the red wolf went afterwards as the videographer reportedly stopped the video after a while so that the red wolf would not be even more frightened.


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Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: James King, Agency:  Newsflash

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