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Painted dog pups
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Posted By: Shelly, 09-29-2020, 02:42 AM

Wild dogs live in closely bonded family groups yet only one pair will breed. Litters are usually 12 pups and cared for by all pack members. Unfortunately they don't kill prey before the eat.....

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Nice capture, looks like a couple of them are a bit disturbed by something. A pack of them would probably be formidable!
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Nice shot! We regard their hunting/killing behavior as brutal but that's nature!
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I read somewhere that wild dogs have the highest % of prey kills of any mammal predator.

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Very nice

African Painted Dogs are amazing

we were lucky enough to see a pack in the wild in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

they are pack animals and interesting they allow the injured and young feed first if possible

they have an amazing success rate of close to 80 %

we have 3 males at the Topeka Zoo where I was a docent

and I was the " expert " on them

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
Very nice

African Painted Dogs are amazing

we were lucky enough to see a pack in the wild in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

they are pack animals and interesting they allow the injured and young feed first if possible

they have an amazing success rate of close to 80 %

we have 3 males at the Topeka Zoo where I was a docent

and I was the " expert " on them
I read some years ago of a long term observation of these wild dogs. Think it was in a study. Anyways the pack was observed for a number of months and there was one adult member that was 'deformed' for some reason and it appeared that it was not capable of going out on the hunt. Believe it was a male.

This pack member was observed staying with the young pups, 'supervising' them taking care of them and also one day when the hunting group returned, one of these members was very badly injured during the hunt. Wounded badly, etc. The 'deformed' pack member in addition to taking care of the pups, also took on the care of the wounded hunter. Licking the wounds, bringing food, etc. and generally taking care of it. The people observing the pack thought it was very unlikely that the wounded dog would survive, but he did and within around 6 months or so, was out with the hunters, once again.

A lot of the recuperation credit was due to the care of the deformed member. Speaks to the loyalty of the pack towards other members and the social interaction/ care they seem to have for member in the pack.

I wish I could recall where I read this, but I can't. I'll see if I can find the study. I hesitated to use the term 'deformed' but it may have been the term used.
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Wild dogs live in closely bonded family groups yet only one pair will breed. Litters are usually 12 pups and cared for by all pack members. Unfortunately they don't kill prey before the eat.....
Thanks Larrymc. They are amazing pack animals but really not to my liking. Of all the animals in the bush these were the most verbal when coming through the reserve and I prayed very hard they would keep on moving!

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Nice shot! We regard their hunting/killing behavior as brutal but that's nature!
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HI Charlie Victor. Thanks for the compliment. I agree with you totally. Not my cup of tea.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
Very nice

African Painted Dogs are amazing

we were lucky enough to see a pack in the wild in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

they are pack animals and interesting they allow the injured and young feed first if possible

they have an amazing success rate of close to 80 %

we have 3 males at the Topeka Zoo where I was a docent

and I was the " expert " on them
Oh wow! aslyfox. Interesting.....not a job I would like. it was bad enough with the emotions on the reserve.

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my limited observations of the African Painted Dogs involved seeing a small group resting/sleeping under a tree and then as we moved on to a larger group the first group joining the second [ no pups]

we observed the mixing and greeting behavior and later the members of the pack heading off into the distance. We did not see any hunting behavior and our guide thought they were heading back to the den area which was off limits to us so we didn't try to follow

they were # 1 on my wish list to observe on our second trip to Tanzania [ late July - early August 2019 ] and the reason that on that trip we traveled by air from the Serengeti in NW Tanzania to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.

I wanted to find them because of my experience with them at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

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my limited observations of the African Painted Dogs involved seeing a small group resting/sleeping under a tree and then as we moved on to a larger group the first group joining the second [ no pups]

we observed the mixing and greeting behavior and later the members of the pack heading off into the distance. We did not see any hunting behavior and our guide thought they were heading back to the den area which was off limits to us so we didn't try to follow

they were # 1 on my wish list to observe on our second trip to Tanzania [ late July - early August 2019 ] and the reason that on that trip we traveled by air from the Serengeti in NW Tanzania to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.

I wanted to find them because of my experience with them at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center
Wow! aslyfox, you sure do get around. I would love to go to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania and so many other parts to see the wildlife.
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Wow! aslyfox, you sure do get around. I would love to go to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania and so many other parts to see the wildlife.
blame my wife

she indulges me

however the current situation ( covid 19 ) is screwing up planning for the 30th wedding anniversary ( Sept 7 1991 )
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Lovely pups! Hongonyi, is that in Kapama? Looks like quite a place!

QuoteOriginally posted by Shelly Quote
I would love to go to the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania and so many other parts to see the wildlife.
The list is endless, isn't it. But I think you are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to places for seeing wildlife without having to travel very far. We had a wonderful stay in what is now called Manyoni some years ago, sleeping under the stars. Hluhluwe is a beautiful park. And iSimangaliso. And...

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however the current situation ( covid 19 ) is screwing up planning for the 30th wedding anniversary ( Sept 7 1991 )
I know. Not being able to go anywhere is quite depressing. This will be a dark, cold, long winter

Then again, if that's the worst consequence of this thing (for me) I really shouldn't complain!
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. . . . Not being able to go anywhere is quite depressing. This will be a dark, cold, long winter

Then again, if that's the worst consequence of this thing (for me) I really shouldn't complain!
you are 100% correct

good health for yourself and your loved ones and everyone else is what is important

not travel
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blame my wife

she indulges me

however the current situation ( covid 19 ) is screwing up planning for the 30th wedding anniversary ( Sept 7 1991 )
Oh wow! 30th not bad, keep it up. Why not cook her her favourite meal, flowers from the garden and a romantic picnic in the garden with candles a plenty. Then take some night shots instead.. My hubby and I will be going onto 44yrs come December 10th.

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Lovely pups! Hongonyi, is that in Kapama? Looks like quite a place!



The list is endless, isn't it. But I think you are quite spoilt for choice when it comes to places for seeing wildlife without having to travel very far. We had a wonderful stay in what is now called Manyoni some years ago, sleeping under the stars. Hluhluwe is a beautiful park. And iSimangaliso. And...



I know. Not being able to go anywhere is quite depressing. This will be a dark, cold, long winter

Then again, if that's the worst consequence of this thing (for me) I really shouldn't complain!
We were right next to Kapama and yes pups photo taken at the Cheetah project, good friends of ours. When we sold to Kapama our lodge was turned into 'Southern camp'. A beautiful 5*+ lodge in the Kapama reserve. They have other wonderful lodges within the reserve and their sightings are awesome, some of the best you'll get to see. The family have another lodge called Jabulani where the elephant experience is a real treat. Of course I miss my home very much but there are amazing reserves in Zululand which helps. However, Hongonyi will always be my home and be in my heart!
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