Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ABC Wednesday: D is for Dhole

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Dholes are often called Red Dogs or Red Wolves, but they actually have a genus of their own and are not that closely related to dogs and wolves, just like African Wild Dogs (also a single-species genus).
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They are very social and live in family clans, usually of 5-10 animals, but they can have much more members. Dholes are native to India and the rest of Southeast Asia and prey on all kinds of animals: rats, deer, cattle, even water buffalos. Apart from a complex body language, they also communicate with a variety of sounds, including a whistle that gave them yet another name: Whistling Dog.

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17 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

DON'T know this animal. New info!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, THANK YOU for participating.

Gramma Ann said...

What an interesting D Day post. I never heard of the Dhole before. Great information about the Dogs.

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the D Day! I have never heard of the Dhole and what an interesting fellow he is! Great shots! Always love to learn something new! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Hood Photo Blog said...

Very interesting!!!

Have a great week!

Hood Photo Blog

Leo said...

thanks for the lovely info abt Dholes :)

fascinating wildlife! :)

photowannabe said...

Well I learned another new word today. Interesting that they have a whistle sound to add to their communication.

MorningAJ said...

I saw dholes at a zoo and was amazed when I heard them whistle. They're wonderfl animals.

jabblog said...

Fascinating! Has there been much or any interbreeding between dhole and wild dogs? If so, are the offspring fertile. I'd say they are beautiful, as indeed all creatures are, but their eyes are cruel. (So would mine be, I guess)

K(Banterings of a Basketcase) said...

oooh- cute, but I wouldn't want to get too close.

Wanda said...

You have such interesting ABC Wednesdays. Look forward to them.

Vernz said...

can they be domesticated .. they seem hard to tame ... but great info.. thanks for sharing.

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Julie said...

They remind me a bit of a hyena. I am glad they pick on vermin like rats too. Thank you for posting this. I had not heard of the Dhole prior to reading this.

Tumblewords: said...

How interesting. I don't believe I've heard about them - fascinating, for sure.

ChrisJ said...

I'm glad to learn about Dholes. I've never heard of them before. I wonder if they are totally or if they can be tamed. Probably not if they are not closely related to dogs. But they do look beautiful. I shall have to look them up on Google for more info. Interesting blog!

mrsnesbitt said...

Again, something new for a Wednesday - just what ABC Wednesday is all about!

Thanks so much,
Denise
ABC Team

Jay said...

Interestingly, I looked up a lot of information about dholes a couple of weeks ago because someone I know was arguing that dogs aren't carnivores.. *shakes head*).

The whole wild dog/domesticated dog comparison is fascinating if you look into it properly. And it's certainly true you can't necessarily compare members of the carnivora with each other directly, any more than you can directly compare owls with hummingbirds!

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