Edinburgh Zoo celebrated a first time birth just a few days ago…
An African Hunting Dog puppy!!
Jet, the pack's non-dominant female, gave birth to the little pup, doing a huge favor for her species.
There are less than 5,500 African Hunting Dogs left in the wild so this puppy is double extra special!
Hunting Dogs need a very large area to roam in to be able to remain sustainable.
The problem is their habitat is being fragmented by development and their population is threatened by farmers who hate them even though the Dogs rarely ever attack livestock.
The head of living collections at Edinburgh Zoo said:
"We are all really excited about the arrival of this puppy. Hunting Dogs, like many other pack animals, are very difficult to breed successfully. Although we don’t know its sex yet, this pup is proving to be a real bundle of attitude. It’s very bold for such a young age and we’ve often spotted it tugging along joints of meat that are twice its size. All of the dogs have been seen feeding it and it looks like an established member of the pack.
Most first-time mothers can be very nervous, so we decided to close the enclosure to visitors in order to give Jet and her pup the best chance of a successful birth. Hunting dogs have a very intricate social hierarchy and if they feel threatened this can cause the mother to reject her pups."
Luckily, the mama didn't reject her pup! She loves her baby!
In a week or so, the baby will be caught so they can give it a health check and determine its sex.
After about two months, the pup will start to get its mottled markings and only then will the little baby receive a name.
Can't wait to watch this little guy grow!!
[Image via Edinburgh Zoo.]
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