Forest joined the Big Pack in the Sky on July 17th, 2020.
He was assisted at 15 years old due to bone cancer.
Forest was born in April of 2006, and arrived at Wild Spirit in June of that same year. Shortly after we rescued the litter of Arctic wolf pups (Alice, Thunder, Sabine, Sugar, Storm and Powder), a friend of Wild Spirit called to see if we were interested in more puppies. A litter of 8 Arctic-Timber crosses had been born in Oregon to a man who did not know what to do with them. We explained that we really had our hands full already and wouldn’t be able to take them. However, a former staff member who was planning to open a sanctuary in Ohio was eager to take the Arctic-Timber litter.
Out of the 8 pups in the litter, 3 were sold to private owners and the other 5 were brought to Wild Spirit for temporary housing while their rescuer made arrangements to come pick them up. Unfortunately, his plans to open a sanctuary fell through, and Wild Spirit ended up keeping the 5 puppies: 3 boys and 2 girls, named Forest, Dakota, Brutus, Savannah, and Sassy. Since they were only a week apart in age from our Arctic puppies, we put them together and let them grow up as one big family.
As the Arctic-Timber puppies grew up, it became clear from their behavior and appearance that they were not pure wolves, but rather high-content wolfdogs, meaning they were ~85-95% wolf. Despite this difference, they lived happily with the Arctic wolves, and they eventually all divided into independent packs, each made of a combination of the two litters.
Forest became very close with Alice and Thunder, and the three were known as our Forest Pack. Thunder and Forest occasionally had disagreements over food and enrichment treats. Fortunately, there weren’t any serious conflicts, but like all of our groups, we kept close watch for any sign of a problem. In general, Forest and his pack-mates were very happy with their life together.
Forest was a very social boy and loved to meet people. He usually had a big, goofy smile on his face, and he often helped out with our educational outreach events. However, if he didn’t want to do something, he let us know.
Likes & Dislikes
Forest loved to meet people, go out for walks, and greet our tour guests when they stopped by his habitat. He loved the treats he got during tours, too! Since his habitat-mates, Alice and Thunder, were rarely interested in tours, he got all the goodies and attention.
Forest did not like to ride in the van. He enjoyed helping with our educational events, but he did not travel with us because of this.