Norwegian boy fends off wolves with Creed song
Wolves, presumably like these but in Norway instead of Germany, may prefer joik or lokk music to American grunge rock.
January 21st, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Norwegian boy fends off wolves with Creed song

Luckily for Walter Eikrem, it does not appear Norwegian wolves care for Creed.

The 13-year-old was walking home from the school bus stop in the town of Rakkestdad this week when he noticed something on the hillside near his family’s farmhouse, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

At first he thought they were dogs, but he soon realized they were wolves - four of them - the magazine said, citing Norway’s TV2.

The boy, remembering that his mother had told him never to run from wolves, pulled the headphones out of his mobile phone and cranked up the volume on the tiny speakers.

He was listening to “Overcome” by Creed, an arguably Christian rock band, and apparently, the wolves were not fans.

(Initial reports indicated Walter shooed the wolves away with a Megadeth song, but the blog at Gibson guitars cleared up the confusion.)

“They just turned around and simply trotted away,” he told the TV station, according to Der Spiegel. “The worst thing you can do is run away because doing so just invites the wolves to chase you down ... but I was so afraid that I couldn't even run away if I'd wanted to.”

To be fair, Walter was yelling at the top of his lungs and wildly flailing his arms, so it’s tough to say exactly what made the wolves decide the boy might not be delicious.

His mother told the local paper that she was going to pick her son up from school because she knew there were wolves in the area, but she got carried away shopping, Der Spiegel reported.

“I have a completely guilty conscience,” she said. “The previous evening, we saw three wolves on the edge of the forest when we were putting our horses in their stall. The horses were panicky.”

Um, thanks, mum? … Well, OK, scratch that. Perhaps sarcasm is a little harsh for the woman who taught young Walter never to run from wolves.

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  1. myklds

    Wolves, like dogs and other canines, will only attack most likely when they sense fear from their prey.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      That's the dumbest thing I've read today.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You nailed that one Dennis. That comment might qualify for the "idiot of the year" remark.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frangible

      Re: Dennis... wolves, like dogs, have a high prey drive and this behavior can be activated by an animal or person fleeing. Dogs with a high prey drive (higher than wolves in some cases due to selective breeding) are not recommended to be kept with small children for this very reason. A pretty good example of this is dogs and cats in the same household - often the dog will chase the cat if it runs, but ignore the cat if it walks.

      They will also attack for other reasons– defense, hunger, etc, of course. But dogs and wolves indeed have a prey drive, and fleeing is one of the things that can activate it.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • J100409

      It's actually running more than secreting fear smells that does it. So be as afraid as you want, just don't run away.... (Wolves are much faster anyway)

      January 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Or perhaps when they are hungry?

      January 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boondocks

      MyKids you are correct.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It wasn't Creed

      itwas Megadeath, whoever wrote this, don't know their music at all. and should go back to school &more thanlikely like the crap that out now like lady ga me, and justin "no talent" beijer

      January 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chairmanbuzz

      Every country should have a Sarah Palin armed with a rifle in a helicopter for just such an occassion, huh

      January 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby C

      If I was hunting someone and they pladed Creed, they would strike fear in me. KVLT!

      January 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      Yes, and they will starve until they they do so.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      Not so fast dummies, mykids has a good point! I remember in my past where I was approached by a guard dog (doberman) in the middle of the night on the street that had escaped from a auto repair shop. I made myself larger by raising the six pack of beer in my hands that I just bought from the store. He studied me then opted to head across the street where I believe he chose his freedom over training and risk.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I doubt the wolves would have hurt the boy. I own my 2nd wolf and although a great pet, he is very shy and timid. BTW, my 1st wolf 'saved' my grandson tottler when he got out of the yard one day, following him like he was one of his pups. Cody (the wolf) would normally roam the countryside when he got out of the yard for a few hours, but not hhis time. He stuck to my grandson like glue to make sure nothing bad happened.

      You should be glad it was wolves instead of cayotes. I'm glad the boy is safe.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Jon...Good news! yours has just won it today but too bad, you've tied with Dennis for the first prize. But don't worry it's a trip for two, so hope both of you will enjoy your trip to TIMBUKTO. BON VOYAGE!!!

      January 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Frangile, J100409, Boondocks, TD and the rest of who shared positive and intellect thoughts and ideas. THANK YOU...for your help to make things clearer to those less fortunate individuals whose level of comprehension are far too low to distinguish the differrence between infomatic and idiotic. They have been mistaken name callings and uncivil comments as intelligent and valid arguments.

      January 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Marthea

      Rare but it does happen...tragiclly a young women out for a run, in Chignik Alaska was killed by hungry wolves last winter...The boy's mother was wise to teach him not to run...Thank God!

      January 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • gsperson

      Frangible – actually, just to be completely anal about this subject, there is no such thing as a "prey drive". Turns out that the people who study animal behavior have defined a "drive" in a very specific way. Hunger, thirst, are among many of the drives that animals have. "Prey" is not one of those drives though. Just saying.

      January 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • m.miller

      Creed is not a Christian band and Mykids is right. If you run , canines will usually chase you.Domestic dogs may just lick you when they catch you but wild wolves, well ...

      January 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      To John;

      "It wasn't Creed

      itwas Megadeath, whoever wrote this, don't know their music at all. and should go back to school &more thanlikely like the crap that out now like lady ga me, and justin "no talent" beijer"

      You do realize that the article you posted says that it WAS Creed, right? Want some advice? Place foot in mouth and swallow. Idiot.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adan

      Attack from these type of predators are triggered by flight and the smell of adrenaline released by their prey. For a lion or wolf that has never seen a human being and is unaware of his/her potential threat will likely step back if you don't run and mentally strong enough to not trigger your fear response.....likely that this boy released some adrenaline in the air but his distance and direction of wind could have been also a factor, it is not 100% but following this rule can greatly improve your chances. There is one video on Youtube showing a man crawling towards a group of wild lions, no guns...just at demo of these of the lion approaches then he easily scares it raising his hands..with good timing...

      January 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JT

    Ha! I like the tone of this article, more please!

    January 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      really? I thought it was idiotic... and making a story out of absolutely nothing.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JT

    uh mykids, the boy said he was too afraid to run if he wanted too, sounds like they failed to act on his sense of fear...

    The mom was right, if you run they will chase you.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      Yep. Anytime something runs from a predator, it's sending a message that says "I am prey". The fear factor is marginal in light of such an easy-to-read signal. Act like prey, you get treated like prey. The boy wasn't acting like prey. His actions were probably something the wolves had never seen before and it likely confused them so they went off to find something to hunt that they understood.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. lol

    Yeah, like earphones would be loud enough. I call BS.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bacon

      It said he pulled the ear phones out of the phone.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • hermitman

      article says he "pulled the headphones out of his mobile phone and cranked up the volume on the tiny speakers". I call BS on you!

      January 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trina

      The article said that he removed the earphones and he turned up the volume of the phone's small speakers.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Please read people!

      "pulled the headphones out of his mobile phone and cranked up the volume"

      January 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjolina

      Gosh you dont read well

      January 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      What's your problem with reading comprehension dude?

      January 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattman

      how many times can you all say the same damn thing.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @mattman..until a twit would learn a thing other than just laughing out loud.

      January 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Walter

    Good thing it wasn't Lady Gaga..... the poor lad would be wolf crap by now.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Because wolves everywhere like lady Gaga

      January 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • the big bad wolf


      January 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Beee..cause she wears dresses made of meat?

      January 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fangster

    It's common knowledge that wolves dont like christian rock

    January 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • zachary

      Its common knowledge that NO ONE likes Christian rock

      January 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donk

      Ironically, however, wolves do appear to enjoy Chris Rock.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      Yes, and they like Christian Slater.

      January 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • In the know

      It's also common knowledge that Creed are NOT a Christian Rock band.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonlinearhumor

      therefore.......Christian Slater does not like Christian rock

      January 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonlinearhumor

      And Chris Rock likes Creed.........I think the equation is complete now

      January 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. myklds

    @JT..Sorry I forgot to mention that they (wolves and other canines) use their mostly their sense of hearing and sight in identifying fear.

    @lol..learn more about Wolves and other Canines and that you may learn that the tiny speakers of that earphones might be loud enough for them.

    January 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Veganistic

    Im torn on how the wolves handled this. I would run from Creed too, but would want to teach a lesson to the kid who was listening.

    January 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      So, does that mean you'd teach that lesson by eating meat?

      January 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      ...or by eating him?? ;D

      January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • john doe

      hahahaha thank you jon that was perfect

      January 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SB

    Well, who wouldn't run from the sound of Creed? But I think it's far to say that the wolves running away had a lot more to do with the kid shouting and waving his arms than with the sound coming from his tiny headphones.

    January 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @mykids: True, they use their sense of hearing and sight. Unfortunately, they also use their sense of smell. One sniff of you, SB, or Veganistic would kill them. Peugh!!

    January 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Cesar...Yeah that's the reason why they're staying away from us. And for additional for additional info, they use smell to locate and identify the food/prey. They also use it to know the the taste of foods before they eat them. And your butt smells delicious so don't move and stay seated in front of that old computer or they will snitch a half kilo of meat out of your useless and obese butt.

      January 22, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. maxhedroom

    Even wolves hate Creed.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Jesus hates them the most.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sunsohot knew there were wolves in the area, was going to pick up her son from school, but got carried away with SHOPPING!!! Geesh, what a loving and caring mom.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunsohot

      oh, but she and her husband DID remember to care for their horses by putting the poor panicked animals in their stall.....

      January 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marina

      Good to know the mom has her priorities straight, lol. Wolves and dogs have highly sensitive ears, much more than humans, so the music must have sounded extra screechy to their ears. Smart kid.

      January 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |

    Wolves don't like dirty vegans. They're too sickly to run or fight back and probably really taste like tofu. Their teeth would slice through them like a hot knife through a block of organic cream cheese.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hmm

    Yesterday the story was that he used megadeth. Now today it's creed?

    January 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Mustaine

      If he played Megadeth, the wolves would have stopped to headbang with him.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Details!

    Um, it says he pulled the headphones OUT of his mobile phone and used its speakers. My iPhone can get pretty loud, actually. Anyway, he wasn't using the headphones. He was using the built-in speakers on the phone.

    Creed strikes again!!

    January 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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