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#time4estonia HUNT

While humans are in lockdown at home, the animals have come out of hiding. It’s time to take a look at Estonian fauna.

Did you know that Estonia has a national animal? This animal made the top stories of international news last February – one was rescued from an icy river by kind-hearted Estonian workers, who thought they were rescuing a dog in distress, but soon appeared to be a…
HUNT = wolf
… they’d bundled into their car.


A grey wolf has been seen as a “symbol of wild and untouched nature” in Estonia. The wolf has been described as “tough, extremely clever and with a good stamina”. The wolf is a survivor.

Wolves have been living in Estonian forests for 10 000 years and today, there are approx. 200 wolves. There are over 500 names and stories about wolves in Estonian language. We could call a wolf either: kriimsilm, võsavillem, metsapeni, susi, hallivatimees, metsatöll…

Metsatöll is also a much-loved Estonian folk-metal band, a regular guest at international festivals and stages that keeps surprising us with their amazing music clips.
Here is one, with extracts from a 1980 animation film “Suur Tõll” (the Saaremaa-hero) by two Estonian legends: the film director Rein Raamat (b. 1931) and artist Jüri Arrak (b. 1936).

Watch the video

Further information:

#time4estonia is Mon – Fri 4pm Estonian Embassy in London Facebook series where you can discover Estonian artists, writers, musicians, architecture, cities, museums, galleries, nature etc. We will give you a hint of Estonian language (eesti keel [ˈeːsti ˈkeːl]), our humour and Estonian spirit.