Rust Fang Wolf
|Rust Fang Wolf|
|Official Name||Rust Fang Wolf|
|Common Nicknames||Red Wolf, Archipelago Wolf|
The Rust Fang Wolf is the cousin of the Common Silverback Wolf, though has notable differences. The smaller, and far less spotted cousin of the Silverback is exclusive to the Regalian Archipelago and continues to become rare as its habitat is taken over by human activity. The Rust Fang Wolf formerly was a commonly hunted animal, much like its cousin, but was hunted so much that it was nearly run extinct. Now, the Red Fang Wolf is slowly recovering from its over-hunting and predating on the smaller creatures of the Archipelago.
The Red Fang Wolf was a common wolf located within the Regalian Archipelago. They were one of the top predators prior to the rise of the Regalian Empire. Following the Ailor binding together and creating large cities, the Rust Fang Wolf began to experience issues with competing for food, as never before had their habitat been encroached on. Gradually, the Ailor began to not only take away their habitat (coastlines and areas near fresh water) but also hunt them into near extinction. Their pelts were used commonly in the carpets and clothing of the up and coming Regalian Empire. After the wolf was nowhere to be found, the Ailor moved on to hunting the larger cousin of the Red Fang, the Silverback. This allowed for them to be where they are now, recovering from their near-extinction and hunting the prey that now have began to overpopulate and effect certain ecosystems.
The Red Fang Wolf is identified by its rust colored fur, this is also the cause for the origin of its name. It appears to be between a coyote and a Silverback Wolf in size, standing at about two feet when measured from foot to shoulder. It is about four to five feet in length, weighing in at fifty to eighty pounds. It has long slender limbs and claws that are made to pounce on prey.
Males are larger than females and they are more plentiful than them in number, though this difference is far less extreme as opposed to when their population was at its peak.
Life Span and Development
Female wolves generally birth five to seven pups, but only two or three survive until adulthood. They remain with their familial unit for two years before going out on their own to mate with independent males or females. They become fully developed at around three years of age but can reproduce at the age of two. These animals are more social than the others, not taking out other males or females that come within their territory. Both parents participate in raising their young and they are monogamous. These groupings are called natal packs.
This animal is unable to be tamed. Attempts to tame it have resulted in rather fatal injuries, with one attempted breeder being bitten in the neck by several of his so-called pets. They are aggressive toward any non-canine species and often hunt on the outskirts of cities.
Territory and Groupings
They are territorial with a natal pack controlling a certain area, but often allow other natal packs and independent wolves to cross into their boundaries unharmed.
- It was thought these animals were extinct for several years until reports surfaced of their survival in Loiree. Ironically, the Loiree population of this wolf is now assumed extinct following the devastating invasion that region suffered during the First Songaskian War.