"When I let the wolf, the main thing — do not go very far — said Dima, crumbling ax frozen beef trachea. — My tops when people grow up with two weeks of age, and therefore perceive you as wolves, the new members of the pack. How to find out what place you occupy in the hierarchy? That's right, you can only find out the teeth. While the leader, that is, I do not allow, they will be peaceful. Yes, and the meat I have — the wolf is not up to you … Well, you ready? — Dima comes to cage and gently lifts the grilled door. — Let's go! "
Rossony district, outskirts of Belarus, 3-4 people per square kilometer — in short, a backwater. The most remote place here — Landscape Reserve "Red Forest": lakes, marshes and forests. Close to half-empty sanctuary village, three decrepit, dilapidated houses one whole. In one of these villages in the suburbs, near the river lives biologist Dmitry Shamovich.
For that year, in his large wooden house is regularly visited by guests from all over the world: the Germans, the French, the British, famous photographers, directors, documentary and feature films. People here tend to watch the wildlife. Dima and her short leg. For example, in his yard live wolves.
Wolves appeared at Shamovicha about 8 years ago. Then he just moved to the area Rosson, postgraduate of the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences, and expects to take the development of ecotourism. Hunting on a farm, where he lived Dima, prescribed wolf and bear. Grey Ter joker was still that: when the tourists lost their vigilance, he crept up to him and bite of a soft spot. Did not hurt, but the fear many have suffered. Wolf quite ceased to be afraid of people, and it was his undoing. One day he ran away, got to the next village and began to explore the monastery there. Naturally, toothed shot.
Then there were five wolves. And each has its own destiny. After several years of beating his forehead against the wall Dima Shamovich knew about any development of ecotourism in the organization interested primarily in the development of hunting, out of the question. He decided to go to the free bread and asked him to give animals, yet they were not needed anyone. To smartly clever biologist teach it, all wards shot.
But apparently Shamovichu was destined to live among wolves. Today, in an enclosure, which is located next to the house, he lived three gray: males fight and Ter and female Dai. He took every blind cub, go out and become their "family."
When Dima comes to cage, gray start to cut circles restlessly near the lattice. Shamovich hand down on the grid, and the wolves begin to fight for the right to lick her. Fight almost immediately with a roar coming down to earth calm Tera and grabs his mouth in the teeth. Ter presses ears, suffers. Whimpers. But as soon as the stronger wolf let him go again to fight for a place under the eyes of the leader.
"Tops tops …" — affectionately sentences Dima, patting hairy toothy snout.
A walk let wolf Tera, and not even because he was the most gentle. As soon as the leaves gray enclosure, he runs away and begins to study the far court. The other two in the pen quietly watching a member of the pack. If released Boy, Ter, left without constantly terrorizing his companion, made out to be a log cage ten minutes. That's such a strange relationship.
When Dima disincarcerate wolf, children, women and the dog locked in the house. Just like that. Just in case.
"Generally speaking, top — clever beast, he does not enter in conflict — tells Shamovich. — But the photos are different: I remember one was carried away, about fifty meters away from me, waving the camera, the voice … So far as the living stand as … [we pyatimsya slowly to the door at home]. Yes, I'm kidding! But believe me, the fear of this fellow had suffered when his top on the snow tumbled down and pressed lightly. "
— Just once, when walking with wolves, you have an alarm occurs in your life?
— Believe me, as soon as it appears, once tops in the flow will go — in the voice of the leader of wolves there is no doubt.
Today Dmitry Shamovich for a living to be the host of eco-tourists. From interested persons, as it turned out, there is no rebound. Many foreigners, it turns out, come to us not to bathe in the baths, drinking vodka and shoot forest creatures, and to explore … mushrooms in the pristine forests of Belarus! Or for hours, hidden in a small tent, waiting for the moment when the morning starts tokovat capercaillie.
To his business Dima suitable detail. He entered the Agriturismo and for several years building a guest room on the second floor. Everything from plumbing to painting and carpentry work — makes his own hands. Construction crew hired from the local, he immediately broke up: can not stand trash. Bring builders from Minsk too expensive. By next year will be over 4 rooms. Each — with private bath and shower.
"In my memory were foreigners who refuse to live in a hotel because there were no amenities in the room and in the hallway — explains their excessive customer care Dima. — It is necessary to understand that the Europeans had to provide the services of the European level. "
That view of tourist business at Dmitry Shamovicha untrue, says at least that visiting groups that want to spend time with the leader of the wolf pack, are planned for the year ahead! The overwhelming number of people seeking to get here pursue scientific or pseudo-scientific interest, and only a few come out of idle curiosity …
We walked with a wolf on the outskirts of Dima's estate. With his players master speaks: to train a wolf's orders, in contrast to dogs, just unreal, "He comes to us, because we are now — his flock. Like, flock here go — and I went. And teach gray stick or bear on its hind legs to jump you will never succeed. Have you ever seen a top in a circus? That. "
In the distance is heard prolonged incessant howling. Boy and Daya worried: Where are the Ter with the leader?
Blind tops Shamovichu offer almost every year. Fight Ter just been brought by hunters, who found them in the den. Daya comes from Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve.
"Tops in Belarus — the most disenfranchised predators, — said Dima. — The hunting season is always open to them — take forks, kill and get a reward. "
Indeed, there is in our country, this type of bedding — experts walk the woods, searching for a wolf den and sit blind puppies individually for slaughter. And it's like you're a wolf skin brought wolf cub or skin — the rewards will be yours. But sometimes hunting stop paying premiums wolf life, and then these puppies are people like Dima.
"Do not make me edakogo environmentalist — he asks — do not save all the wolves, I understand that. And whether it is necessary … "
But looking at how Dima communicates with his flock, observing how readily and dimensionless confidence mother of predators lie in front of their leader, a man, putting defenseless belly, you know: If Shamovicha was on the possibility and power, many lives were wolf be saved.
"The trouble is that the wolves eat hoofed animals, and those are the trophies that pays good money. Often in the currency. Let's call a spade a spade: the man just announced a reward for the head of a competitor — said Dima. — Wolf gets his prey, risking their lives, it is necessary for the sustenance. Hans Wolf, or any standing on the tower with the "optics" in their hands, shooting for fun and risking frostbite except myself back, waiting to come to the pig trough. That's the justice. "