Animals with unusual markings are, understandably, quite rare. As a result, the chance of having a close encounter with such a monster is increased. As you may guess, this wildlife photographer was ecstatic when he discovered a wolf with a heart-shaped face. He took some photos of the magnificent beast, and the outcome is nothing short of stunning.
Local photographer Niko Pekonen took his camera and headed deep into Finland’s countryside, fueled by rumors of a fabled wolf wandering the country’s forests. Surprisingly, rumors of Pekonen’s encounter with the exceedingly elusive predator turned out to be accurate.
Although comparable to any other grey wolf, the one photographed by Niko has a highly distinctive feature that distinguishes him: the animal’s face expertly reassembles a brown heart. The wolf’s grey coat, which gets near to his cheeks, highlights his unique marking even more.
These exquisite marks are incredibly rare, and in some cases, unique, and are tied to heredity. Wildlife born with different-looking coats (mainly albinism and melanism) have a very difficult existence. They frequently experience group exclusion or, in the worst-case scenario, are extremely vulnerable in the face of predators.
The heart-shaped wolf, on the other hand, is an exception. The grey wolf is one of Europe’s most powerful predators, as well as North America and even Eurasia. The folklore of Northern Europe revolves around the grey wolf. According to mythology, an iron wolf visited Grand Duke Gediminas many years ago and aided him in the construction of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.
(Featured image credits Facebook/Niko Pekonen)