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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Tita » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:36 pm

Very unique and beautiful canines! I love the coloring of their pelts especially.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by sSilvers » Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:21 pm

I agree, they are unique canines.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by BlackWarrior » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:23 pm

Way to keep it short everyone. :3
Unique is the perfect word for these canines.
I'm just upset to see that their numbers have dropped lower and lower and their pack numbers and size have decrease.. it's a shame to hear about the less and less sightings of them.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Tita » Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:26 pm

BlackWarrior wrote:I'm just upset to see that their numbers have dropped lower and lower and their pack numbers and size have decrease.. it's a shame to hear about the less and less sightings of them.
That is depressing. :( They're such beautiful animals.

I did a project on them in the fifth grade. :D

I find their name, Lycaon pictus, interesting as well:
The scientific name "Lycaon pictus" is derived from the Greek for "wolf" and the Latin for "painted".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycaon_pictus
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by BlackWarrior » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:11 am

Hmm. I hadn't known that before..Thanks for sharing that Tita. ^^
The name is quite unique and unusual, just like the canine.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Tita » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:22 am

It was just something I remembered. I dunno why. I think it was because of the fact that they do look painted.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by BlackWarrior » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:29 am

I must agree. They do look painted. Sort if like a tortoise shelled cat it something. Lol
anyway, here is an article I found on National Geographic on African Wild Dogs. Enjoy!

>> http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/a ... nting-dog/

The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet. The dog's Latin name means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat, which features patches of red, black, brown, white, and yellow fur. Each animal has its own unique coat pattern, and all have big, rounded ears.

African wild dogs live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack. These dogs are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. Social interactions are common, and the dogs communicate by touch, actions, and vocalizations.

African wild dogs hunt in formidable, cooperative packs of 6 to 20 (or more) animals. Larger packs were more common before the dogs became endangered. Packs hunt antelopes and will also tackle much larger prey, such as wildebeests, particularly if their quarry is ill or injured. The dogs supplement their diet with rodents and birds. As human settlements expand, the dogs have sometimes developed a taste for livestock, though significant damage is rare. Unfortunately, they are often hunted and killed by farmers who fear for their domestic animals.

African hunting dogs are endangered. They are faced with shrinking room to roam in their African home. They are also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Tita » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:42 am

Their pelts are look like paint splatters in my opinion. =) AWD packs seem to function much like wolf packs. It's terrible that they're endangered, however, lovely creatures. It makes me really sad to see them in such a condition.

Also, thanks for sharing, Night, that is really useful information.
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Post by gabrilagg » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:44 am

I like them c: WHen I was 9 and me and me friends played African Animals, I usually was African Dog ;3 I think they are cute, and I agree with the painted thing. Thanks for creating this topic c:

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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Silver_Stream00 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:16 pm

I love African Wild Dogs too! They are so pretty and they are so important to the african food chain! I really want to learn more about them :D
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Larkey » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:55 pm

I think African Wild Dogs are pretty cute. Their coat color and pattern make them seem unique.
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Post by Nordue » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:40 pm

  • The original topic got locked, but I was suggested to share the following here.

    YouTube video: African Wild Dogs Hunting Impala in Moremi Game Reserve - Bostwana. The link is below, in italics.

    Posted by user jadeheart824, this excellent clip reveals (somewhat graphically) the hunting tactics of an African wild dog pack as they chase, catch and disembowel a single impala--all in front of the camera. The dogs literally eat it alive, much to the audible displeasure of the people filming the whole event.

    So be warned: reality can be harsh. This video can be shocking for some people, as well as enlightening. If you want to see what goes on daily in Africa, be sure to watch this.

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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by SaritaWolf » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:31 pm

I heard somewhere that prey animals have a gland that numbs or dulls the pain when their brain realizes they're being eaten. Not sure if it's true but if anyone has any information on that it would be appreciated.

That's a great capture; I love seeing wild dogs in action even if they're showing the brutal side of nature. It's not like they're going to feel empathetic for the impala... they need to eat.
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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by Nordue » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:23 pm

  • I'm not even sure they can feel empathy in the first place!

    As for the gland, I'll look into that sometime. It sounds really interesting! Not to mention useful for story writing :) .

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Re: African Wild Dog

Post by BlackWarrior » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:13 am

Wow! That's quite a video Tonbei! But I have to say, it truly shows us how these predators manage to hunt. ^^

Im actually currently doing a report on Africa, and these guys are definitely going to be mentioned. They are very beautiful canines, but like most, very good hunters in packs.
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