RE: Wolves do not howl when excited
Mine is probably more of a human reason, but when I get the urge to howl, it's usually when I feel deep emotion. Doesn't matter what kind of emotion it is. I also want to howl when I hear and watch wolves. For me, howling actually brings out my excitement. I love it, it makes me feel truly alive, and it's how I express or externalize what I truly feel. I hardly get to do it, which sucks, but if I could, that would be the easiest way for me to communicate that I'm feeling strong emotion. Howling is a form of communication, but I also think there's a deeper, instinctual reason. All animals have that deep instinct ingrained in them, even humans, however shut off from it they may be, which drives the animal. I also agree with the notion that we can't completely understand other animals. We can do our best through studying them, but we'll never know what it's truly like to be them. In the situation you're describing, Dusty, it could be a mix of theriotype and the human expressing themselves. For instance, humans like to make noise when they're excited, and the wolf part of a wolf therian wants to use the sound that feels natural to them, which is often howling for wolves. That's how I'd describe my reasoning and experience. I feel like sometimes we're a bit too invested in assigning behaviors, urges, and trains of thought to either our human side or our theriotype, when it could just as easily be a mix.
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