The long legs are thought to be an adaptation to living in long grass. They help the Maned Wolf to run fast when it is hunting. Interesting facts: The Maned Wolf is much more like a fox than a wolf; it mostly lives alone, it looks a bit like a red fox, and it has been described as a ‘fox on stilts’ because of its long legs. In Brazil, there is a story that if the bark of the Maned Wolf is heard at night there will be a change in the weather.
The monks of the abbey made a very loud noise banging heavy metal trays to let the Maned Wolves know that they were putting food out. Then they filled the big trays with meat and left them in the middle of the courtyard. As Alan waited he was told that sometimes only one Maned Wolf would come, and other nights three or more would come. Alan went to the abbey. He sat on the edge of the courtyard inside the abbey walls in the dark. A story from the wild: A tray of raw chicken pieces in the abbey courtyard Click to learn how the monks encouraged the wild Maned Wolves to come in to the courtyard Click