The Island is Full of Friendly Wolves

Have you ever pictured yourself somewhere close with a wolf?

At the Predators of the Heart Sanctuary in Washington state, you’ll get the chance to meet with one of the largest wolf packs, for an exclusive two-hour Wolf Encounter Experience. Not only that you will be able to learn everything there is to know about these magnificent predators but also a walk with them in the woods and you’ll be able to rub their tummies, scratch them behind the ears, and just cuddle and chill with them. Oh, and of course you can take pictures with them.

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The Heart Sanctuary is located in Anacortes, Washington, just north of Seattle near the Canadian border, making it easy for both Americans and Canadians to experience getting up close and personal with these wolves.

According to the professor of psychology at Arizona State University and author of Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves YouClive Wynne, wild wolves are not generally friendly towards humans, as those at the Sanctuary are. Wynne said: A wild animal can, with skill and patience, be raised to be willing to react in a friendly way towards humans. People should always do some due diligence before taking a sanctuary’s word for it that their animals are harmless.

The sanctuary usually offers two guided tours a day, from Monday to Saturday, with Sundays set aside as a day of rest for the wolves. You can make your booking through Airbnb for about $200 USD per person. There is a waiting list so check prices and available dates here. The sanctuary has a strict age restriction of 18+ with no exceptions to this rule. Wolves are not the only predators living in the Heart Sanctuary, but also foxes, cougars, reptiles, and birds of prey call it home, as do some other, non-predatory rescue animals.

A long time ago, there were a couple of safety concerns in the area when a wolf escaped its enclosure and ended up on a neighbor’s property and, in another case, a hiker and his dog took the wrong path and ended up on the sanctuary’s private property. Unfortunately, the hiker’s dog lost its life when two wolves attacked it. The city improved signage and also tried to mark the trail boundary between the forest lands and Predators of the Heart, including creating a natural barrier of logs and branches between the properties and putting up an “approaching private property” sign.

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The Predators of the Heart Sanctuary is a non-profit organization, that covers 10 acres and was opened in 1998 by owner Dave Coleburn. The organization upholds very strict standards when it comes to protecting the animals in its care.

The sanctuary’s mission said: “Our goal is to educate children about wildlife, not only to teach the facts about the animals but to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion, and respect for these living creatures – to make it clear that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans.

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Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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