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Tooth and Claw: Wolves

Tooth and Claw: Wolves

Update: 2022-03-143
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We look at wolves and the programme is a little different, because the predator we’re talking about is very much a predator of our imaginations. Wolves are the spirit of the wilderness, but they also symbolize the darker side of human nature, and many myths and legends surround the wolf from all around the world.

Our fear of the wolf may be primeval, but it is still very much alive and well. The idea that wolves could be reintroduced in Scotland led to headlines about the British Queen's pet corgis being eaten…

So today, as well as hearing about the real animals, we ask why wolves occupy this special place in our imagination, and whether the real and the imaginary overlap with Dr Elizabeth Dearnley, a folklorist and writer based in Edinburgh and Dr Giulia Bombieri from the Museum of Science in Trento, Giulia works with the Life WolfAlps project, tracking and protecting Italian wolves.

Presenter: Adam Hart
Producer: Geraldine Fitzgerald

Picture credit: Giulia Bombieri
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Tooth and Claw: Wolves

Tooth and Claw: Wolves

BBC World Service