During a magical moment in a video posted Wednesday, a little wolf pup learns a core wolf skill: howling.
The footage was caught on a trail camera put in place by Voyageurs Wolf Project, an effort by the University of Minnesota to study the wolves in and around Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.
The video, which was posted on the group’s YouTube Channel, cuts to various clips of the 4-week-old baby wolf craning his neck upward and howling in the middle of the woods.
Wolves are often depicted howling at the moon, but according to the National Geographic, howling is a form of communication for the animals that has nothing to do with the moon.
“Wolves howl for more reasons than we’ll ever know,” the website says. “They even have daily howling choruses with their own packs, which can be one way of strengthening member bonds.”
The Voyageurs Wolf Project trail cameras have captured a number of other unusual sights, including wolves eating blueberries:
To our knowledge, this is the first-ever and only footage of wolves eating blueberries! Though, we know of a few clips of wolves eating other kinds of berries or fruits. We tried for 2 years to get this footage of wolves eating berries and finally got it in summer 2020! (1/6) pic.twitter.com/VLaw6mFqjK
— Voyageurs Wolf Project (@VoyaWolfProject) January 5, 2021
The organization also fitted a wild wolf with a collar camera to capture footage throughout the wolf’s day.
Voyageurs Wolf Project is raising money through GoFundMe to purchase 120 new trail cameras.