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It’s amazing how much luck there is in getting an animal to pose on its own. It’s difficult enough for a good photographer to persuade an animal to strike a pose, so seeing it do it on its own is incredible fortune. We might never have known about this stunning photograph if it weren’t for a trail camera at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York.

In fall 2019, a Mexican gray wolf family gathered together for a storybook photo as six individuals stood in a beautiful “V” formation on large logs. The majority of the animals are facing the camera with their eyes straight ahead as though they’re following the commands of a photographer. But amazingly, this shot is completely candid with no human intervention.