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Um Were You Aware That Wolves Are Really Fucking Huge??

HAVE THEY ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS?

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At this point, you've probably seen at least one dog in real life.

Here's a pic, just in case.
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Here's a pic, just in case.

But chances are that you've never actually seen a wolf.

They probably still look like this in your head.
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They probably still look like this in your head.

And, as you may know, dogs are the evolutionary descendants of wolves.

I.e., tens of thousands of years ago, humans began to domesticate and raise wolves, who have since evolved into hundreds of different species including your great-aunt's chihua-doodle.
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I.e., tens of thousands of years ago, humans began to domesticate and raise wolves, who have since evolved into hundreds of different species including your great-aunt's chihua-doodle.

So, you might have been led to believe that a wolf is basically a big dog. That's what I thought, too...until I saw this video:

all my life i've always thought that wolves were the size of average dogs but guess i was wrong

Via Twitter: @CGGuy44

God were we wrong.

TL;DR: This is an **actual** **real life** wolf next to a human for scale:

It looks FUCKING HUGE, right?
Twitter: CGGuy44 / Via Twitter: @CGGuy44

It looks FUCKING HUGE, right?

APPARENTLY, this is just how wolves are. According the WWF, an arctic wolf can reach up to 5 feet 11 inches long, which is 1000% news to me.

To put this into perspective, that is a little more than one Jared Leto.
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To put this into perspective, that is a little more than one Jared Leto.

Also, one wolf weighs about 175 pounds, which is probably equal to one Jared Leto with a large beard.

(FYI: This dude is Werner Freund, a researcher who apparently has not read Little Red Riding Hood.)
Lisi Niesner / Reuters

(FYI: This dude is Werner Freund, a researcher who apparently has not read Little Red Riding Hood.)

But THERE'S MORE: A gray wolf can reach up to 6 feet 6 inches long.

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That's bigger than one Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson omfg.

And if you've been watching Game of Thrones, those direwolves are actual wolves.

HBO

Now we know why Joffrey was so terrified.

So, to recap: WOLVES ARE GODDAMN HUGE.

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THEY ARE NOT JUST BIG PUPPERS.

Rafael Marchante / Reuters

EXCEPT okay...

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Sometimes they kind of are?

Twitter: @CGGuy44

**still a pupper to me**

This post was translated from Spanish.

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