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Many people, including myself, would be terrified to encounter a wolf because they are considered aggressive and fearsome animals.

Kekoa, which in Hawaiian means “brave one,” is the name of the enormous grey wolf that Danielle first sees strolling next to her.

Kekoa deviates from the stereotype and isn’t exactly like other wolves.


While she still seems to have a certain amount of respect for people, especially Danielle, she also seems to have a lot of respect for them.

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Kekoa enjoys life to the fullest in the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Centre, a wildlife refuge close to Colorado Springs.

She and other animals reside in the sanctuary because she cannot survive in the wild.


The huge wolf and Danielle, a staff worker, have forged a remarkable connection.

My mouth dropped when I watched Kekoa and Danielle playing together for the first time. It is a stunning and weird sight, particularly considering how much larger Kekoa is than Danielle.

As bold and valiant as he appears, he is a very large infant. He measures roughly 7 feet tall when he puts his front paws on a person’s shoulders and weighs 115 pounds.


And when you think you’ve seen it all, Sakura, another wolf, appears and expresses a want to hug.

Staff member Michelle Smith said the following in an interview with The Dodo Wildlife Centre:

β€œSince he was raised by people and bottle fed from the time he was born, he is very well socialized, meaning he enjoys the company of people. This is not the same as domesticated or tame. He is still a β€˜wild’ animal and tends to show it around his sister. A wolf in the wild would not act this way.”


Since the 1940s, wild wolves have not lived in Colorado; however, this will soon change.

More than 40,000 people a year participate in the educational excursions offered by the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Centre about wolves and their value to ecosystems.

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