The Astonishing Discovery of the Eta Wolf

26 Oct


It is a well-known and documented fact that wolves live in a strict and well enforced hierarchy. What has come to light only recently is how this hierarchy is decided and upon this revelation a discovery was made, a new rank in the hierarchy previously unobserved. The Eta wolf lives a tumultuous life and ends up finishing its life at the lowest rung of the social ladder. A new study has given us insight never even imagined until now.

A group of biologists went deep into the Adirondack Mountains to discover the answers to many questions. How does the Alpha reach the top? How does the Delta acquire its caregiving nature? How do Alphas choose the Betas and give them positions of such trust. They were shocked when they observed a strange group which they dubbed Etas. The Eta experience a downward spiral in social standing that is brutal and demonstrates Nature´s sometimes obscene cruelty. One could interpret the data to show that some beasts are born to suffer.


Let´s start with the birth and subsequent social ascent of the Eta. The Eta apparently rises to a social level beyond that of the Alpha. A major distinction is that the Eta, although socially higher at this point is still controlled by the Alpha. An Eta can be born from every social rank. Even Etas can produce more Etas, though this phenomenon is rare.

What appears to separate an Eta from the rest of the pack is either an extreme talent, such as howling more beautifully than other wolves or having extreme physical attributes. Some Etas climb the social pyramid on sheer need for attention and an ability to obtain said attention. Etas tend to have sad stories from the very beginning of life. Sometimes they were weened too early from the teat by an uncaring mother or not even given milk at all. The latter are generally raised by foster wolves. There is apparently a lot of abuse in the pasts of many Eta wolves.

Etas experience a meteoric rise in social standing. They are given access other wolves could only dream of. They are exempt from any actual communal work. In fact, it is thought they are a net burden on the pack when they are on the social rise or at the apex of their social standing. They are given the choice entrails of the hunt, which they generally had no participation in.

The life of the Eta strikes tragedy after having spent some time at the apex of the social structure. Other wolves start looking for behaviors that can bring the Eta down. This is not difficult given the large amount of abuse the Eta endures during the formative years. Etas generally suffer from a plethora of psychological disorders.


Once the Eta starts displaying erratic behavior, the other wolves viciously attack both physically and emotionally. It has been observed that even the Iota wolf, generally the lowest ranking wolf in the pack, get their licks in when the Eta has been taken down significantly. It is even believed that the Iotas experience a brief feeling of belonging to a higher social rank when administering attacks both physically and emotionally on an Eta. The mere besmirching of an Eta’s character behind its back has been observed to offer a similar phenomenon to a lesser extent.


Etas get to live a wave like life of the best and the worst that pack life has to offer. It appears they are created to be elevated only to be knocked down. What astonished researchers the most was that even with the knowledge that the climb to the top will be met with a great fall, there are always Etas born, generation after generation, that are willing to take that risk.


14 Responses to “The Astonishing Discovery of the Eta Wolf”

  1. Bruce Goodman October 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    I think I am/was an Eta! Fascinating posting Ryan.

    • Ryan October 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      Once an Eta, always an Eta Bruce. 😋

  2. Ryan October 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    *I hit send by accident without saying THANKS! (For reading and the kind words)

  3. Eric Tonningsen October 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    Social hierarchies can be brutal. And of course Bruce was an Eta. 🙂 Is this factual or fiction? Wolves themselves are a fascinating species. just don’t know where on Ryan’s writing spectrum this piece lays.

    • Ryan October 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      I completely fabricated this, Eric! I was actually going to go in a completely other direction but the pen lead me to this!

  4. LionAroundWriting October 26, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    Shows the intricacies of social order

    • LionAroundWriting October 26, 2018 at 11:12 pm #

      I meant to add:
      And how funny it is that we as Humans pretend we’re above animals when in fact there’s not that much separating us.
      I imagine the wolf eta experience to be on the extremes of cruelty as they don’t know any other way and can’t exactly week help elsewhere like a person might be able to.

      • Ryan October 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

        I agree completely! We are animals who have simply been blessed (or cursed) with reason. Thanks again!

    • Ryan October 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks for reading it! I appreciate the kinds words, as well.

  5. ThePinkSeam October 27, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Very fascinating read! It just goes to show…it takes all kinds of animals (and people) to make a pack/team/unit run smoothly.

    • Ryan October 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you very much for reading!!! I also appreciate your kind words.

  6. subhmohanty November 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    Amazing dont want to believe it’s fabricated!

    • Ryan November 15, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words. After this and the peacock piece, I found I enjoy this type of fiction.

      • subhmohanty November 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

        Yes and we do too, waiting for the next one..”Growing concerns over obesity in Australian Snakes”..may be?

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