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. BHIGH

    Where's Duran Duran when you need them?

    January 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zayrina

    Well Slim Whitman music makes Martian heads explode....

    January 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Caylen

    Excuse me CNN, Creed is not grunge! What an insult to the genre! Learn you genre's Creed is post-Grunge

    January 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charlee

    One early morning before dawn a friends dad was walking through the woods to work. It was winter time snow on the ground and very cold. He stopped to light his pipe. Back then matches made a loud pop when struck, when he fired the match he heard stumbling behind him. It was a pack of wolves stalking him. They were afraid of the match and left. Good for him he smoked. Lol

    January 22, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pund

    Since he had music available, he should have just danced with the wolves.

    January 22, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |

    ............ this just in it has been reported the two of the wolves had to be talked off of an Ice bridge... it appears they were deeply traumatized by visions of Scott Stapp, mouthing off and bemoaning their non success in the alternative music world of America. The other two were rumored to drown themselves in a fjord because they could not take the ridicule of the other wolves accuzing them of running away in fear from Scott

    January 22, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. helenrae

    What an article!! Best place to print coupons of major brands is called "Printapons" search online for Printapons

    January 22, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Dycha

    In God We Trust. Christopher Dycha

    January 22, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. meh

    This article just shows that the wolves have better taste in music than the human.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Azrael

      Agreed I'd run away from Creed music too *L*

      January 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cheapster

    Must have been Karoke that stops every wolf in every Bar I've been to

    January 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ANYONE watch this video!

    January 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cheapster

    silly Rabbit Christians are for LIONS

    January 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cheapster

    I'll try that next time i surrounded by a Den of LIONS

    January 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny

    CNN you just insulted Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, and millions of fans by claiming that Creed is grunge.

    January 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    CNN, is this true? Oh my!

    January 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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