The Obituary of Frederick II

A Brave Dire Wolf

by Franklin W T2

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A picture of Frederick II

Frederick II the Canis dirus, better known as Frederick II the Dire Wolf, had a brief but full life. He and his species were the largest wolves ever to walk on Earth. He lived during the Calabrian and the Tarantian period of the Pleistocene era in the part of North America which today is California. Frederick II was a stocky, heavily built wolf who was around 1.5 meters long (5 feet) and stood about 2 feet tall. He was one of the heavier wolves of his pack, weighing around 150 pounds. Frederick II was also one of the strongest wolves, for he was the alpha male of his pack.
The pack hunted together, lived together, and survived together. Unlike other animals, they cared for their sick and wounded, giving them food and protection. Frederick II was a lucky alpha male. All of the wolves in his pack were strong, healthy and fit. They mainly hunted horses and bison, with the occasional sloth. He and his pack specialized in taking down prey larger than themselves. This was Frederick II’s way of life for some time. He would rise early in the morning, then hunt with his pack to bring home a bison or a horse, and after that he would proudly bring home their prize and help out the rest of the pack.
Dire Wolf A Prehistoric Predators

Frederick II and his species co-existed with their close relatives, Canis lupus, also known as the Grey Wolf. All of a sudden, disaster struck the entire world. According to the Old Wise Ones, it is said that a comet or an asteroid exploded over North America, rapidly changing the climate and the environment. Now, as animals died out, food was scarce for Frederick II and his species. If they managed to get a kill, they often had to defend their fallen prey from other big mammals such as the smilodons or the saber-tooth cats. Also, many of Frederick’s pack members died because they had fallen into tar pits. The natural asphalt had turned into tar due to the climate and environment change, trapping many dire wolves. Many times did Frederick’s pack see a wounded horse lying on the ground, step in for the kill, and then realize too late that it was a tar pit.


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Frederick II facing off some fierce predators to protect his food


Sadly, our brave Frederick II died bravely fighting Bob the smilodon to the death guarding his pack’s food so that the rest could eat. He could not fight as before due to his previous head injury from an encounter with a Short-faced bear. Frederick the II will be forever remembered as the great alpha male of a fierce pack of dire wolves.

Bob was a fierce dire wolf. He had dedicated his life to protect his pack. He shall be forever remembered as a hero to his species.

Frederick II's Funeral

Wednesday, April 16th, 10am

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Los Angeles, CA

Frederick II's remains are going to be kept in the Illinois State Museum. If you would like to pay your respects to him, please click on the link below

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"Pleistocene Project." Pleistocene Project. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. <http://pleistoproject.wordpress.com/physiography/fauna/mammals/>.

"Wolves, Coyotes, and Dogs (Genus Canis)." Welcome to the Illinois State Museum--Illinois State Museum. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. <http://exhibits.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/larson/canis.html>.