Saturday, August 21, 2010

Goodbye Lukas

Lukas R.I.P. (April 28, 1998 - August 20, 2010)

It is with great sadness and disbelief that the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) announces the death of Lukas, the twelve-year-old member of the Center's "ambassador" pack, after a very short battle with cancer. Lukas was second in command in his pack, loyal to the end to his leader and dear friend Apache. The largest and likely strongest of the ambassador wolves, Lukas never tried to depose Apache; he was the perfect "wing-man" - a brawny and faithful comrade.

Although Lukas was known to maintain a safe distance from human visitors, his presence never failed to impress those he met. His piercing eyes and high-pitched howl enchanted visitors, staff, and volunteers alike. Ladies couldn't resist falling for him! Lukas was a beautiful animal and he served as an impressive ambassador for his wild brothers and sisters.

Lukas' passing comes just 5 months after the loss of Apache. The timing is painfully fitting, the beta forever devoted to the alpha of the pack. Soon Lukas will join Apache as a part of the Yellowstone landscape where they will forever dwell among so many other principal characters in the wolf world.

We didn't let Lukas go without a fight. A team of knowledgeable and talented doctors generously donated their time, facilities, and treatments to give this cherished animal a second chance. We cannot thank them enough.

Dr. Gerald Post DACVIM

Dr. Charlie Duffy VMD

Dr. Edward Mayland DVM

"How lonely is the night without the howl of a wolf." ~ Unknown


Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss, and for our loss. May he rest in peace.

Diane Bentivegna said...

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” - Henry Beston

Roam free and wild forever, sweet have served your kind with nobility and majesty!

Steph said...

I am so sorry to hear of the death of your beloved Lukas , so sad for you all.
Steph <3

Anonymous said...

Good night, brave wolf.

Rick said...

Lukas, you will always be in our hearts and mind. You are an amazing animal. Rest in peace and now you can be with Apache and your kin, free from persecution.

Gaël Miramont on facebook said...

with You , i'll pray for him , from the top of the Volcano in super-lioran Cantal France i think to You , Lukas your body has left , Your spirit is in Nature ,
sincerly yours ,

LORI said...

I am soooo sorry to hear about my sweet Lucas. He was a very special & loved animal. I am really going to miss him & looking into those beautiful eyes. He will always have a special place in my heart. Those of you who really knew him, know he was one of the great ones. Lucas always at the side of Apache will be next to him again in a happier better world. Lucas, know that you will be missed very much. I will always love you. R.I.P. XOXOXOXO

Valery said...

Just wanted to say goodbye to Lukas. I can't assist to his memorial but I will think about him and everyone who loved this beautiful wolf...Rest in Peace Lukas and join the others under the Rainbow Bridge...

Anonymous said...

In the wild wolves live only 1-5 years. What a tribute to the WCC that your wolves have enjoyed such long healthy lives! But it hurts to lose Lukas especially so soon after Apache. We have loved howling with and watching these beautiful animals for several years now. I hope Kaila and Atka are handling the loss, and that your dedicated staff are comforted to know how much he was, and you are, appreciated. - Mimi

Michael said...

It was an awful shock for me yesterday, I read it in an internet-cafe.
My tribute to Apache was given anonymously. But on Lukas I must make up for that I used him as "stratum caedit" in other place.

Lukas was a friendly, kind, charming, good-natured wolf, not using elbows in the mass, but searching ways outside:

One time I was alone with the Ambassadors. My full concentration was directed towards Apache. After a while I looked around in the enclosure. Then Lukas came from the background directly to me with shining eyes and a charming aura. I intended to react not, but inwardly I couldn't resist, he touched me. Wolves, like other animals, can feel it. Apache disappeared into the coppice and Lukas climbed Apache's rock pleased about his conquest. Later, when Apache came back, he licked him the muzzle, friendly, not too subservient. Their relationship wasn't disturbed.
It was the last time I saw the four Ambassadors.

On another day I take a visit in group . The three Ambassadors would fed with little loin pieces thrown into the enclosure without aim. Only Lukas searched for the feed and he found. After one short unsuccessful search Apache and Kaila were waiting on the fence to get their portion.

I think, Lukas was missing Apache.
I will miss Lukas (and Apache).

Anonymous said...

I only saw Lukas once but he was so beautiful. God bless his soul. Apache now has someone to run with again..

Deb said...

Your spirit gave us life
Your power gave us strength
Your existence gave us purpose
Skillfully, you shadowed us
Willingly, we shadowed you
Mirthfully, we will miss you.
Rest in peace.