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Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol' Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, Peter and the Wolf and other folk tales. These stories can be traced to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th centuries. The origin of the Big Bad Wolf lies in European folk tales and mythologies based on the deep ambiguity of human attitudes to the wolf. Wolves are usually afraid of human beings and prefer to keep to themselves, but in ancient Europe small settlements were allegedly sometimes attacked by starving or rabid wolves. The lone wolf attacking a flock of sheep or goats is a rarity, but a wolf faced with a penned flock that cannot flee will kill indiscriminately. Attacks on humans have always been extremely rare, and are usually associated with self-defense or defense of the pack's young, or less often with disease or starvation. However, the rarity of these attacks, during a period of...This information was automatically generated from Freebase article Big Bad Wolf. You should replace/update it...