The Green Wolf

My ask box is open. I answer most questions privately, unless it's something that other people may be wondering about AND it's not something personal about the person asking. Feel free to ask me stuff about nature, working with animal parts in art and spirituality, paganism, ethical omnivory, sustainability and environmentalism, and so forth.

Be aware that this Tumblr frequently includes pictures of art made with animal remains, as well as occasional liberal political ideologies. Mostly it's nature photography and art (and not just of charismatic megafauna).

Artist, author, naturalist pagan, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.

I discovered neopaganism in the mid-1990s, and shortly thereafter began my work with animal totems and neoshamanism. Over the years I've wandered through various paths, ranging from Wicca-flavored neopaganism to Chaos magic, and for several few years I created (and followed) Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. These days I've relaxed into a more integrated ecopaganism, less about rituals and journeying, and more about the sacred in every moment.

I've also been creating various neopagan ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since about the same time. And I've written several nonfiction books on totemism, animal magic, and related topics. My newest book is "Plant and Fungus Totems: Connect With Spirits of Field, Forest and Garden"..

A few places to find me, as I'm all over the internet:

The ability of life to use whatever resources are available never ceases to astound me. Numerous species of invertebrates, and all vertebrates, have absorbed calcium into their bodies to create protective structures, from the houses of coral polyps to the shells of marine snails to our very own skeletons. Is that not just awesome?

Watch The Paw Project Online | Netflix

I just got done watching this documentary on Netflix. I was already anti-declawing, but the stories and evidence in this film just firmed my resolve. Things I learned that I didn’t already know:

—When you declaw a cat, the claw tries to grow back underneath the skin of the toe. Except the leftover bone is mutilated, and the claw grows into a large, shapeless mass that can’t be pushed out of the sheath, and instead stays stuck and painful under the skin—imagine having large pieces of gravel embedded in your toes that you have to walk on. Worse, they often end up infected and inflamed.

—Housecats aren’t the only ones that are declawed. Many large cats, from cougars to tigers, are declawed when kept as pets (legally or not), and they suffer the same consequences.

—The American Veterinary Medical Association and other veterinary groups support declawing and lobby against legislation to ban it, primarily because veterinary clinics make a significant amount of money on declawing.

—Eight cities in California have banned declawing, to include Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Berkeley, among others.

Want to support The Paw Project and their quest to educate people on the horrors of declawing and pass declawing bans? Here’s their website (where you can get a DVD of the film for a $10 donation), their Facebook, and their Twitter

funkysquirrels asked: What is your favorite aquatic animal?

Oh, geez, you’re making me pick just *one*? Honestly, probably the Ozark minnow and other minnow species, though the Ozark seemed most common. I always loved watching them in the creek behind my house and the one by my grandma’s house when I was growing up, and admired how quickly they darted around in unison. If I found minnows in a creek anywhere, I knew it was going to be a good one for exploring. It’s also why the various species of crawdad in the same creeks are a close second.

Beyond that, you’d have to ask me about my favorite aquatic animals from specific places—there are a lot of them I’m fond of.

3-D Printers Help Grow New Jaws For Dogs At UC Davis

The future is here.


First there were SquishDogs. The there was SquishWolf. Now meet SquishFox!

I’ve heard of foxes with this condition, but never come across a photo of one until now. I believe this one was killed in UK, and was found on a forum here

Sorry to reblog this a second time in an hour, but I found even more information on what causes this—”baboon dog syndrome”. And apparently it’s not just in canids:

The link above has even more information, to include some possible causes (maybe a vitamin deficiency in utero) and more pics.

(via thegreenwolf)

Too bad these are just digital images. Source.

Striped hyenas always look so snuggly. Not worth getting bitten to actually try it, but still—floofy!