A Wolf Pack in Herd Code
Carefully study this picture. It is a wolf pack made up of 25 members. It is a great illustration of their social system. The Alpha Wolf is the leader. He is the last of the line. He is there so he can see the entire pack as they travel. He keeps everyone in line. The first 3 are older and / or sick, they set the pace for the pack.
If the line were reversed and the Alpha was in front, they would leave behind and possible lose the older or sick ones if they happened to break contact with the group. If some did happen, say in case of an ambush, the elders and sick would be sacrificed.
After the front three is a group of made up of the 5 strongest, Call them the hi potentials, they are the front of the group. In the center will be most of the herd, in this case 11, and behind them the second group following them another 5 strong in the back then of course the Alpha as we can see.
Breaking down, 3 sick or elderly, 10 strongest, 11 regular members, and the leader or Alpha. That makes it 25 total.
Bringing us the end of the line or pack, it’s the Alpha and he goes alone. From that position he controls everything, can see everything, and decides the direction. Alpha can see the entire herd. The group moves according to the passage of the elderly, help each other, care for each other. Fascinating stuff.
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