African Wild Dog
• African Wild Dog
"ABOUT! Hyena! ". In fact, this is not a hyena, a wild dog in Africa. A scientific name lycaon pictus, which translated from Greek means "painted or painted wolf".
or Wild Dog African Wild Dog. Although if you look at variants of the name in English as soon as the poor animal is not called: African wild dog, African hunting dog, Cape hunting dog, African painted dog, painted wolf, painted hunting dog, spotted dog, ornate wolf.
The first time I saw these cuties in Chobe. We passed, when one of the travelers in our group noticed something in the bushes side. It turned out that it's a wild dog, who recently successfully hunted. This time their prey became impala. Vidocq they have at this point was eerie: the muzzle in the blood, grinning mouth - well, dog straight from hell. Our ranger said then that we were very lucky. They are already 2 years have not seen in this area African Wild Dog.
When we were in the River Kwai area, we went to see the home of these animals. Over there, under the trees, dug holes and burrows. This is where the wild dogs live. See to the left is a couple? Closer to drive up should not be. They left quite a bit, and wild dogs are protected by the state, so not to scare them, you can only watch from afar.
Although they have, it seems, are not paying attention and willingly posed. With a telephoto it can be had easily make a sufficient number of images.
We stood in silence, with the engine switched off. However, from time to time the dogs something was bothering and they queue jumped and looked off into the distance.
In general, wild dogs were pretty relaxed. They belong to the family of canines and their nearest relatives - red wolves.
The dogs are quite large. Weight adult reaches 36 kg. Externally, males and females differ very little. Although the males slightly larger.
Typically, a pack of about 20 dogs.
In Cape hunting dogs with powerful jaws and teeth. Their teeth, they are able to crack bones.
Figure on the skin is unique for each dog as human fingers. They can be distinguished by this sign. Sometimes come across completely black specimens.
Hunting pack of dogs. Their main prey - a variety of antelope. Basically, impala and kudu. they are also willing to attack larger prey if they are sick, or to stray from the herd cubs. In times of famine could catch rats and other small animals. African dogs, as well as our wolves can chase their prey for a long time. Thus they can reach a speed of 50 kilometers per hour.
In each pack there is a dominant male and female.
Typically, the alpha male is the largest in the pack.
Fighting in flight are rare. Puppies bears only the alpha female. That it can sometimes start a fight with other females when they estrus.
The males usually spend all their life in the same pack. A grown-up females often go to other dogs to lead them. Wild dogs live very harmoniously together to educate and care for their young.
It should be noted that in this area we do not particularly lucky with interesting animals. By lair of wild dogs we drove 2 hours, no less. It seemed that it was not quite what we expected. No, of course we are watching them very cool. But I wanted something more. And then there was something really quite unusual.
From the den seemed puppies. It was totally unexpected. African Wild Dog is not so common, and there is not only true flock, but also cubs.
Puppies are born blind and deaf, and all black. The spots begin to appear later, when the kids grow up.
Adult dogs are constantly monitoring the pups. They can easily become a victim of predatory birds, hyenas and even lions. These animals have enough enemies in the savannah.
That is why adults try to hide the young in dens like that.
But the kids of course it is difficult to sit still. Around because so many interesting things!
And should definitely stick his nose everywhere.
Just as an adult!
In addition to the joint care of the kids, pack members also take care of the sick and wounded relatives. Healthy dogs fed them until they are unable to move independently.
Now, when you swear on someone and call "wild dog", you will be more clear about whom it is talking about. Not such a terrible creature, these wild dogs. Although the smell of them ... Let's just say - specific.