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. Stephen

    The boy was not in any REAL danger. Commonly, groupthink by the ignorant masses (especially in Europe, but also here in north america) has painted wolves as evil, blood thirsty creatures (look at the stereotypical picture selected by this news "service") . What wolves really are are families of loyal , family pack loving animals only interested in their normal prey: deer, rabbits and mice. They are curious, and highly intelligent, and, by the way, if you have family dog like I do, take a close look at him and the ways that endear you to him – would he fight an outsider to protect your life? Thank the wolf- this loyalty is one of his inherited traits.

    January 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave peterson

      four wolves attacked and ate an alaskan tchool teacher in alaska while she was jogging on a dirt road after school. Wolves do eat people

      February 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RetroHousewife

      I love wolves, but you are an idiot. I bet you're a sorry %$# liberal, tool

      February 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRod

      @ Dave Peterson: that was a freak incident, and stuff like that happens extremely rarely. Ask anyone whose gone to Yellowstone to see wolves if they are usually successful in finding them. Normal, healthy wolves steer clear of humans and are rarely seen.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Corvus

      Stephen is what we call a "wolfaboo" in saner corners of the internet.

      February 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachbell

      True, but one should always be attentive when around any kind of wildlife. That's why it's called 'wild'life.

      February 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J

    If the wolves were really hungry, we'd be reading a completely different story. Consider yourself lucky kid!

    January 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckeee

      If the wolves were hungry AND the kid didn't have Creed.

      February 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Iaacog

    I don't know if this story is true of not. If it is true then who cares about the music. If a mother KNEW there were wolves in the area and she was TOO BUSY shopping to pick up her child, she should be charged with child endangerment!

    January 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Yeah, charge her with child endangerment, that makes sense. I know my mom was taking me places where gang members would show up in the distance, that's why I had her put away. Foster homes are so nice too, i love mouth hugs and keeping secrets!

      January 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RetroHousewife

      I completely agree! The nerve of that woman. The kid needs a big fat gun. Lock her up I say!

      February 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sunshine

    Where's PETA when you need them?

    January 31, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Timmy

    Good thing he wasen`t listening to Howling Wolf!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • chele

      Timmy, Heh! Howlin' Wolf would definitely bebe more than acceptable

      February 2, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis Lindell

    I scared of none the less than three ( 3 ) wolves , by braking wind heavily after beans and burrito. All flead jumping on three ( 3 ) legs , whilst one paw coverest their nosetrals...

    February 1, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      I see that you went to public school in California.

      February 10, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. silent-lamb

    This boy is SUPERLUCKY like me...!

    February 2, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobby wire

    haaaa......did the wolves turn gay after they were force fed creed?

    February 2, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    If Sarah Palin had shot all the wolves from her plane in the first place this would have never happened.
    Stop the book tours for once Sarah and think of the children!

    February 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      You must be obsessed with Palin just like CNN is. Give it a rest and stop making up opinions just to put her name in it. You must really like her and think of her constantly.

      February 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilsons World

      Silly Dude,She would shoot HALF,call a press conference,blame Obama for Wolf population,claiming his parents were really Muslim Wolves birthing him on foriegn soil,exploit situation for $$$,HighJack Reagan's Legacy,copyright Wolves from story[Bristol dig's em]claiming they came from her backyard,Whip Up bunches of Old White men[Klan]into a Frothing Lather,another round of exploit/$$$ in, & then QUIT AGAIN!!!!!! Peace,WW

      February 12, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. creed????

    The wolves ran away because a human approached, not because of the crap-fest he was listening to. And yes, creed is definitely tied with nickelback in the worst bands of all time category.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    If only little red riding hood had creed back in her day the world would have been a different place.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. BRod

    Wolves do not normally attack humans. The kid was never in danger.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • dog lover

      Here in Colorado even domestic dogs go feral when they pack. In that state they are dangerous to anything that is vulnerable and runs, including small humans. It is so incredibly foolish to categorically state that wolves never attack people.

      February 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. star-ranger

    In either way the kid was simply lucky.

    February 5, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. brillow

    if it was taylor swift singing , i would have ate her.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. buffy420

    haha Yet another point proving how badly Creed blows. I love that haha thats awesome!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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