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?
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