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06 July, 2006

The wolf-boy of Jumeirah

If the Arabian wolf seen at Jumeirah Islands turns out to be the real deal, it could be an encouraging sign for the sadly endangered species. A thirteen-year-old boy has managed to befriend it, let's hope he manages to get a photo:

"People are making a big deal out of nothing. The so-called ‘wolf’ is scared of humans and I don’t think it will hurt anyone," said Daniel Sealey told 7DAYS. Daniel first spotted the wolf last week when he took his dog out for a walk. He says that the animal is friendly and plays with his dog, but runs off the moment it sees any humans.

Much of Arabia's wildlife has become extinct or highly endangered due to hunting, development, pollution, and the usual ills of humankind. The Arabian wolf hasn't been seen in the UAE since the 1980s. But the good news is that its population has increased significantly in Oman, due to a ban on hunting.

Wolves can travel 60km a day, so it shouldn't be long before a few more of them are repopulating the sandlands.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would wolves from Oman be categorized as temporary workers?

06 July, 2006 01:59  
Blogger ssosw said...

Wolves from Oman won't be let in to the UAE unless they are in the professional category.

06 July, 2006 08:37  
Blogger Unknown said...

Interesting, whales in the Marina, a wolf at the islands, what next? stray cats on the 50th floor of Burj Dubai?

06 July, 2006 08:52  
Blogger DubaiTeen said...

Wow... that kid Daniel pretty brave. I would be scared stiff to go near a wolf.

06 July, 2006 09:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all our desert dogs are part jackal anyway.

06 July, 2006 10:52  
Blogger nzm said...

There goes the feral cat problem.

06 July, 2006 12:54  
Blogger SIN said...

Do they do roaches too?

06 July, 2006 14:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GN Logic

06 July, 2006 15:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 days has an agenda against Jumeirah Islands. Anyone in the media/ publishing industry knows this here. Or just do a search on 7 days website and see their stories on Jumeirah Islands and you will see what i mean.

Its typical of a trashy tabloid to do this - but sensationalizing a "supposed" sighting of a wolf is just petty.

06 July, 2006 15:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the betting that this "wolf" is just a large domestic dog that's gone feral?

07 July, 2006 00:26  

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