The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6
Can you imagine having a group of pets consisting of a wolf, a lamb, a leopard, a goat, a calf, and a lion? That is the picture that Isaiah presents for us of the new earth. But on this earth wolves are rarely kept as pets.
Wolves vary in size, depending on the race. They range in size from the small Arabian wolf, which weighs about 45 pounds up to the North American timber wolf, which averages about 100 pounds. The largest wolf ever known weighed 175 pounds. The races of wolves that inhabited Bible lands were relatively small: they were hardly larger than medium-sized dogs. But their behavior was certainly different from that of dogs!
One thing that is enormous on a wolf is its feet. An Alaskan timber wolf may have a foot pad more than five inches across. You might think that such big feet would cause the wolf to lose a lot of heat on the ice and snow. But the wolf has a special heat-regulating system that allows its feet to maintain a temperature just above freezing, while the rest of its body is toasty warm.
Wolves have special fur, too. They can curl up and lie right out in the open with their backs to the wind and sleep warmly in temperatures down to 40 degrees below zero. And the wolf is one of only two animals designed so that the moisture condensing from their warm breath will not collect and freeze on their fur. The other animal is the wolverine.
Wolves have incredible endurance. Two wolves in British Columbia were followed for 22 miles as they broke trail, without stopping, through 5 feet of snow! Wolves travel an average of about 30 miles a day in winter, and 50 miles a day is not unusual. Those who study wolves tell us that the wolf is also one of the most gentle of all animals when handled properly–but I think I will wait until the earth is made new to have such a pet. Won’t it be grand!
From “Glimpses Of God’s LOVE”, by James A. Tucker and Priscilla Tucker
Picture is from Google Images.