23 December 2011 When Wolves Saved Santa’s Reindeer Posted by: Suzanne Asha Stone | 4 comments | Share: Back by popular demand…A holiday poem from our wolf expert Suzanne Stone: Twas that Eve before Yuletide Photo illustration by Peter Corcoran; photo copyright Michael Quinton/National Geographic Stock ‘Twas the eve before Yuletide And to Santa’s dismay Came a blizzard of such fury Reindeer couldn’t lift his sleigh. As the elves paced and worried And Santa’s face grew a scowl Came a song from the woods: A wolf pack’s mighty howl. From the thick of the storm O’er deep snow on big padded feet Came eight silvery wolves Ice and wind could not beat. Santa’s mouth hung open for a blink As the wolves lined up in front of his sleigh Then he sputtered an order to the elves “Well then… let’s be on our way!” Santa met and thanked each wolf As the elves finished loading the last gift Then he sprinkled them with fairy dust Chuckling, “That’ll give you the lift.” “They won’t believe this in Wyoming..” He laughed, a merry twinkle in his eyes Then the elves harnessed the wolves And they took to the skies. On Lightfoot! On Blacktail! On Windswift! On Howler! On GreenEyes! On MoonSong! On Hunter! On Prowler! The wolves’ eyes glowed as they leapt through the storm Santa wished his own coat could keep him as warm. That night the wolves even taught Santa to howl An ancient song filled with hope for Peace and Joy That this season may bring for all Life on Earth As they left special gifts for each girl and boy. ‘Twas that eve before Yuletide Santa will always fondly remember When wolves rescued his mission That stormy December. 4 Responses to “When Wolves Saved Santa’s Reindeer” Ted M. Stickney December 23rd, 2011 I have a question ? Did you know the man involved with the sawtooth pack ? Well I sponcered the beta wolf in that pack named Matsi . Did u know him ? I was just wondering . Thos was back in 1994 . I bought sponcership package at Lakeside Mall in Michigan . It was the wolf reserch center that made the package . It was my pleasuer to be a part of that . I wish I could some how become more envolved again . Thank you . Samantha Whitcraft December 23rd, 2011 WONDERFUL! Great minds think alike, especially when it comes to apex predators; please enjoy this ‘shark conservation’ version of the same poem! http://www.sharksavers.org/en/blogs/802-twas-a-shark-y-night-before-christmas.html Sheryl Schowengerdt December 29th, 2011 Ted, here’s the link to the FB page for the Sawtooth Pack and Matsi was the beta wolf. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-with-Wolves/118401838193984?sk=app_ There are some great photos on the site. Stories about the pack can be found on FB and also on the Living with Wolves website http://livingwithwolves.org/ I think you’ll especially enjoy learning more about Matsi, his role as the beta, the puppy sitter and his kindness and compassion toward the omega, Lakota. Kelsey January 23rd, 2013 Aww that’s cute. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?