Endangered Species Spotlight: Holy Dhole!

Endangered Species Spotlight: Holy Dhole!


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 image credit: Robert Taylor

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Habitat: Southeast Asia
Status: Endangered

Dholes, or Asiatic Wild Dogs, are multi-talented creatures.

1. Aside from being very cuddly looking (although I wouldn’t recommend trying to hug it) they have an extremely interesting range of vocal calls they use to communicate. Their repertoire includes whistling, screaming, mewing, and even clucking like a chicken!

2. They mark their territory the same way female Bush Dogs do – the good ol’ hand stand method.

3. They travel in packs of up to 40 dogs (typically only 10) and is one of only a few types of wild dogs which hunt in packs – this requires a lot of intelligence and coordination.

4. When hunting as a pack it can subdue prey over 10 times its own body weight, and is even capable of fending off a tiger!

5. It has incredible jumping skills and can reach a vertical height of at least 2.3 metres (7.5 ft).

So what do you think? Would the Dhole win in a talent competition or what? My vote is HELL YEAH!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02725791780240334964 lotusleaf

    I have seen these dholes in their jungle habitat in the Western Ghats. They are very fast runners too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10994449499565363257 CarlyB

    @lotusleaf
    wow that’s so cool! you’re very lucky to live in a place with such amazing wildlife :)

  • http://www.furaffinity.net/user/rainami/ Rainami

    Dholes are badass and adorable. <3

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    I loves foxes, why you don’t post more pictures of this lovely mammal?

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    well I think this wonderful animal IS amazing I had the opportunity to meet one, I was lucky that day…

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