Record-breaking wolf howl happens in Thompson, Manitoba

2,033 people got together to set the Guinness World Record for most people howling like wolves for one minute
wolf howl A wolf howl is a sound that people in Thompson, Manitoba know very well. (© Alexey Shulika | Dreamstime)


Have you ever howled like a wolf? Just leaned back, opened your throat, and... OOWWWWWWWWWWW!

It may not be every-day behaviour (for a human at least), but it's pretty fun to do. Fun enough, it turns out, that a group of over 2,000 people in Thompson, Manitoba decided to get together for a good old-fashioned wolf howl.

3, 2, 1... HOWL!

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On September 21, 2,033 people went OOWWWWWWWWW! together for a full minute. Why? Well, Thompson likes to call itself the Wolf Capital of the World. It is a prime location for wolf watching, and its citizens sure do love their furry, four-legged friends.

"In Thompson, I mean, we're surrounded by forests," event organizer Volker Beckmann told the CBC. "Nobody really knows how many wolves there are, but when we began to realize how much interest there was [in wolves], we started doing a number of wolf initiatives."

These include a wolf park, as well as an international wolf conference that they'll be hosting in October.

When you think about it like that, holding a record-breaking wolf howl makes sense.

Guinness gets involved

And we all know it wouldn't be official unless Guinness was involved. Beckmann made sure that the world-record watchers were on hand. Guinness has super-strict conditions to make certain that something is truly a record. The event has to be properly videotaped, monitored, witness, and so on. This means that it won't likely be until later in October when Thompson knows that their new record is an official one.

But its clear that these folks already feel that their record is a fur sure thing. If confirmed, it will shatter the previous record of 803 howlers from Niagara Falls just this past July.

Watch Thompson getting their wolf howl set up below.


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