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Arrived at Mission: Wolf on April 27, 2009
Lives with Amulet
Batman arrived at Mission: Wolf in the spring of 2009, when he and his siblings Oreo, Buku, and Asia were only four days old. Their mother, Valley Spirit, and another wolf hybrid named Talon had been confiscated from their owner and taken to a dog shelter, where Valley gave birth to the four pups two days before she was to be transtported to the refuge. When the six arrived at Mission: Wolf, Talon was placed in the vet building pen while Valley and the pups were taken to a wooded enclosure. Valley immediatly began exploring her new home and on finding an old den, cleaned it out and one by one carried her pups down to it.
The next few weeks staff did not see any of the pups, though Valley was becoming increasingly friendly. When the pups finally did emerge staff were shocked to see what looked to be four Labrador puppies stumble out of the den. We had assumed that since he came from the same property, Talon was the pups' father. We have since attained information that the pups' father was in fact a pit bull.
While Batman's three siblings began willingly approaching staff when we went in to visit, Batman himself was very shy and refused to come near us. Though Batman is the most dog-like looking of the litter, he has proved to have the most wolf-like personality, and to this day will not approach any visitors. Batman moved in with Aurora, a wolf-dog hybrid, and they were often seen taking naps on the hillside next to each other. Aurora is much older than Batman, but the two were still very playful. The two of them regularly entertained staff with their silly and playful antics.
When Aurora retired to the farm in 2014, we introduced Batman to Amulet, a very shy female wolf. The two lovebirds bonded quickly.