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the maned wolf

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The maned wolf is the only survivor in it's genus of the Pleistocene, a group of mammals indigenous to south America. It's closest surviving relative is the Bush dog, but that's a whole other entry.
The odour of the Maned Fox's urine strongly resembles the smell of cannabis, which once led a group of policemen in the Rotterdam zoo on a fruitless drug hunt. It is unusual among other large canids in that it hunts alone and only comes together to mate, though a male and female may defend a shared territory. The territory is typically around 27km squared with well defined borders that are usually respected by other maned wolves. Some males are nomadic and patrol the borders of other wolves territories in order to take over when the resident male dies. When adult it stands around a metre high at the shoulder (whoa) and weighs around 50 pounds. Also unlike other large canids fruit and vegetable matter make up around 50% of it's diet. They are nocturnal and hunt between sunset and midnight; their favorite meaat is wild guinea pig. They prefer to live on the borders of forests or in wetlands or savannah, and have evolved long legs to be able to see over tall grasses and shrubs.

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In captivity they do well in same sexed pairs or in breeding pairs, though with the former there may be some initial fighting. Males will often show paternal instinct, helping out with births as well as grooming, defending, and finding food for the cubs and the mother. Unfortunately they are near threatened due to habitat loss, though they are rarely persecuted as they do not tend to steal livestock aside from the occasional chicken or newborn lamb.

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Maybe I should get back to my Breed Development essay... Anyone know some specific adaptations the axolotl has made in it's evolution from the tiger salamander? *dies of death*
Tags: canine, chrysocyon brachyurus, maned wolf
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