Scientists have recently discovered a behavior in wolves that is akin to the natural friendly behavior of dogs toward humans. Over the course of a 23-week experiment, ten dogs and 12 wolves underwent a behavioral test meant to measure the attachment behavior of canids. Over the course of the investigation, it was discovered that wolves could distinguish between familiar persons and strangers equally as effectively as dogs. It was also discovered that the presence of familiar people served as a social stress buffer for the wolves, relaxing them in tense circumstances. The results refute the theory that the capacity for human attachments emerged only after wolf domestication, which took place at least 15,000 years ago.
The researchers were looking into how domestication may alter an animal’s behavior. In the early stages of canine domestication, the wolves that showed attachment to people might have been under selective pressure. In order to examine the parallels between the two, the researchers want to keep analyzing the data obtained over three years of hand-raising wolves and dogs under the same circumstances.
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