A Wolf in Creep's Clothing

Gay Guy,

I like animals. I enjoy outdoor activities.

"Wolfman" Shaun Ellis regurgitates venison to feed wolf cubs and communicates via strategic urinations. He lives with a wolf pack. He's filthy. He's divorced. Shocker.

His new show, "Living with the Wolfman," premiers on Animal Planet tonight.

He's another activist who equates his regression to primal behavior as a grand scientific experiment. Of course, I'm reminded of "Grizzly Man" Timothy Treadwell, who lived with and advocated for grizzly bears. In the end, he got too close and was mauled and eaten by the ones he loved.

I don't predict a similar fate for Ellis. But I know a poser when I see one. I also know that the wolves, like the bears, are not fooled by these antics.

"Grizzly Man" was not so much a study of bear behavior, but of Treadwell's out-of-control ego. No surprise that he also found clarity living as an animal after failing in relationships with people.

Werner Herzog, director of Grizzly Man, didn't share Treadwell's optimism. He came to the conclusion that
"the common character of the universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility, and murder."

Sounds like your neighborhood, GG.

Readers: Ellis and Treadwell: scientists or egomaniacs?

--Straight Guy


Anonymous said...

Going to sleep with a furry animal who is ready to turn on you at any moment is just another weekend in my life.

Straight in Upstate said...

SG, you left out the best parts (follow the link to Wolfman's show): he has a fiancee, and she says, "I'm not nutty, and neither is Shaun." This guy found a woman? Is marrying convicted serial killers in prison out of fashion, so now women are hooking up with guys who barf up deer meat?

Kathryn said...

Ew. I had no idea. I can't say I'm surprised, really. They keep looking for new ways to show us "reality" teevee. Fashion, renovation, reproduction...is it any surprise that now it's regurgitation?

Straight Guy said...

Lest you think that sleeping with animals is just for straight guys... The only difference is that "Wolfman" sleeps in wolf cave filth, while Seigfried and Roy share 300 thread count linen bed sheets with live albino tigers.

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