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. Curious

    Great! Now, Creed albums will be flying off the shelves. This is just another marketing ploy by Creed's marketing team and it will be effective I'm sure.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Wilsons World

      Marketing team,you must sell albums to have a team,those days have sailed. Although if you can picture those guys[Band],sitting around jacked up on Oxy's in sweat stained wife-beater's calling every #,in thier cell phones,"Hey AJ Hammer,did you hear what our tunes did to these Wolves,give you a exclusive...........we want $$$,..........,& a Limo,been awhile,.......or we walk and go to Geraldo!!!!! Peace,WW

      February 12, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nathan

    The wolves respect Mark Tremonti; his guitar-shredding skills even freak me out. Rock on Alter Bridge!!! Rock on Creed!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zeus

    even the wolves hate stapp!

    February 10, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. ratkartz

    I find that Mariah Carey music keeps away the wolves. And the mosquitos, too. And most people over 11 years old.

    February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    The wolves left him alone because, since he was listening to Creed, they knew he had bad taste.

    February 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. krozareq

    As for the Alaskan case, they probably attacked her because she was running. It's a primal instinct that predators have. they can't help themselves when something runs from them. That was a good ol' lesson from Steve Irwin (RIP) when he was trekking past some lions in Africa. Stand up so they see your two legs (since most animals fear humans), make eye contact, and then slowly walk off while keeping watch of them. In that situation it's a territorial issue; not a food issue. Most animals know who is #1 on the food chain.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachbell

      Thank you. It's refreshing to read an intelligent and knowledgeable response.

      February 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wilsons World

    I Run away when I here Creed as well,Scary stuff,scary that they have a Fan base!! But,hey if it gives that Ole'Boy his Norwegian Wood,then Im all for it,kids got crap taste in music,but he's 13,poor kid,now Im starting to feel bad,creed,what a shame,kid never had a chance!!!! Peace,WW

    February 12, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Østfold

    I live 30 min from Rakkestad, but I read it first on CNN. What a strange world we live in.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Norway, home of some of the best music in the world, and he listens to CREED?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    I know a Creed song would drive me away.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rod Venger

    Worst band ever? Sure not Creed! Kings X has to take the top...or is it

    February 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FreedomDZ

    Bring This Kid down here to North Africa we need him in our protests 🙂

    February 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris L.

    "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" Red Hot Chili Peppers

    February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sean

    Creed hurts my ears too....

    February 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George Greek

    The first CREED 'album' is a hard rock masterpiece!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
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