Bringing Back Direwolves
Everybody on social media this past weekend was all about some show called GAME OF THRONES. I’m like, whatever, Agent Cooper came back on TWIN PEAKS and Eichorst got killed on THE STRAIN. Nothing else happened on television Sunday night, as far as I was concerned. I know a little about “GoT”, sure. I know there are lots of naked people, and dragons. And naked people riding dragons. Something like that. And that some of the people–presumably the ones who don’t have dragons–keep dire wolves as pets. I would hope GoT fans are aware that dire wolves are real, or were real, that they once existed. They were the bigger, furrier, and more ferocious relatives of today’s wild wolves. And now there are plans to bring them back to life. Sorta.
Lois Schwarz of “The Dire Wolf Project” hopes to use a sort of selective breeding to create a breed of dogs that looks just like extinct dire wolves. Mmm’kay. That wouldn’t make them dire wolves. It would just make them large, wolf-looking dogs. (They are really cute, though. See the above photograph.)
“[E]verybody wants the wolf look,” said Schwarz said. “I’m going to work on the wolf look, but I’m also going to work on the temperament and the character of the dog to fit a companion dog.” That means, if these animals ever come into existence, they should be docile like the pet dire wolves on GoT and not eat you like a real dire wolf probably would.
That sounds cool and all, but how about creating some real, domesticated DRAGONS?