The African wild dog, or the painted wolf, is a canine native to sub-Saharan Africa. Sadly, these strong wild dogs are endangered. The African wild dogs’ population has been greatly reduced because of being hunted and killed by landowners and hunters.

Rare African Wild Dogs

Aside from people, these dogs also fight for their lives when they encounter bigger predators like hyenas or lions. And adding to these factors, distemper and rabies are also a threat to the survival of these dogs. Because of these reasons and many more, protected wildlife locations are even more needed for them in Africa.

But last May, something spectacular happened. A pair of adult African Wild Dogs have been spotted with a litter of ten puppies in a reserve in one National Park in South Africa! The staff members at the reserve center located in the park were more than thrilled when they found out about the dogs.

They expressed that this was something they have never seen before. The staff members shared their wonderful discovery of the African wild dogs in a very positive way. For them, this new litter of puppies has given hope not only to the African wild dog species, but it has also given hope to them.

Caught On Camera

But living in the wild is not a walk in the park for these dogs, especially for the puppies. So the staff members decided to set up cameras around the den to observe the pups and know their whereabouts. On one occasion, their tracking cameras caught a fearful sight.

They saw a group of lions slowly walking to the den of the wild dogs. The staff members couldn’t help but feel anxious when they couldn’t see the pups after the lions left. After a while, the adult male and adult female wild dog arrived back to the den, but still no sightings of the puppies.

The adult female dog was also seen donning a recent tail injury, which got the staff worried. But all their worries vanished when all ten puppies happily ran out of the den. Just like their parents, the ten pups seem to be strong fighters!

Though this wonderful event happened during the pandemic when people won’t be able to see the African wild dogs, the staff members reminded everyone that this journey is not about us, rather it is about the growing pack. We should also be reminded that though these dogs seem very cute and adorable, they are still wild dogs and are capable of attacking humans. If you would like to stay updated about the African wild dogs, make sure to follow their blog page.

Credits to Londolozi Game Reserve

The adult female dog was also seen donning a recent tail injury, which got the staff worried. But all their worries vanished when all ten puppies happily ran out of the den. Just like their parents, the ten pups seem to be strong fighters!

Though this wonderful event happened during the pandemic when people won’t be able to see the African wild dogs, the staff members reminded everyone that this journey is not about us, rather it is about the growing pack. We should also be reminded that though these dogs seem very cute and adorable, they are still wild dogs and are capable of attacking humans. If you would like to stay updated about the African wild dogs, make sure to follow their blog page.

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Not seen for 10 years- litter of 10 African Wild Dogs

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