Friday, March 10, 2017

Wolves and dingoes

As a kiddie, many was the night on the farm when I could hear dingoes howling. Over a period, they even killed a couple of our dogs who went wandering with lust. Apparently our dingoes and domestic dogs are not the same species, yet they will mate together. The result is called wild dogs, neither dingo nor domestic dog and the worst possible breeding result, lost and savage souls.

Wolves are surely an entirely different species altogether, yet when I thought I would post a You Tube video of a dingo howling in reaction to the wolf howling, the howl sounded exactly the same. The head is raised skywards and the howl sounded the same.

So there is no point in posting a dingo howling YT video as it is the same as an American wolf.

I have always theorised that our dingo is connected to the Japanese dog breed, Shiba Inu, which Step Mother used to breed. Although smaller, Shibas are so like dingoes.

19 comments:

  1. Andrew we have a lot of wolves in bieszczady mountains they are awesome animals

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    1. Have you seen them, Gosia?

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    2. Yes I have seen them in the sanctuary because i the woods they can be so dangerous for people especially when they are hungry or have babies..

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  2. When I was first married, living in Queensland, our daughter had a tiny kitten. The neighbours next door, white soldier, aboriginal wife and children, had a pet dingo. He got only a few table scraps to eat each day, so was very lean and hungry. He jumped the low wire fence one day and ate my daughter's kitten, while she watched and cried. She was 18 months old and I'm sorry for the kitten, but very relieved he didn't attack my baby.

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    1. How horrible, River. In spite of people arguing that dingoes can make good pets, I do not believe it. Their instincts are too strong. I hope the neighbours apologised, at least.

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    2. No, and I stopped feeding their kids breakfast.

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  3. I would hear the wolves howl in Alaska when I lived there and the coyotes hear, to rally before or after a hunt. I might enjoy the sounds but they go with death, horrible deaths of smaller animals being torn apart and eaten alive.

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    1. Strayer, it isn't a nice part of nature but that is how it works.

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  4. Here we have timber wolves further to the north, but central parts of my province have a subset species, the Eastern Red Wolf, which I've heard more than I've seen. One of the great memories of my life is sitting on a clifftop in a provincial park looking down at a lake, and seeing a wolf emerge down the cliff to have his own look.

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    1. WK, it must have been a marvellous moment and I can picture it. When we were in Canada, bears and salmon were the focus of animal discussions and I don't recall wolves ever being mentioned.

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  5. I would love to see a wolf. And to hear a wolf. My zoo volunteering brother had the job of walking dingo puppies for a while and developed a huge soft spot for them.

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    1. EC, dingoes are likeable but I think never to be trusted. The world of the wolf is not greatly known to most of us here.

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  6. Only seen dingoes at the zoo's I've been to but they were always friendly often if you had leftover food in your bag they were very friendly.
    Merle.............

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    1. Nice work, Merle. Did you make sure you always had some left over food?

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  7. Crikey Andrew ...... I howl just like that. I'll try and get Mum to take a video for you but I don't howl on command and she's old and slow so always misses the best photo/video opportunities. Mum loves dingoes. She used to train dogs and Australia zoo decided to include the dingoes in the show they put on and asked a friend of Mum's if he would train the dingoes. He said yes and asked Mum to help him. They spent a lot of time at the zoo with the dingoes and did manage to get the dingoes trained to do what the zoo people asked of them. However they never included them in the show. They do walk them around the zoo on leads and allow the children to pat them. Under supervision they can be trusted but Mum would never leave a child alone with a dingoe. A true dingoe is a beautiful animal but should be left in the wild.

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    1. Charlie, perhaps your Mum could wait for a full moon? Does that set you off howling? Interesting story and I agree, they are ok if supervised but cannot be trusted as their instincts are so strong.

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  8. Can't recall hearing a dingo howling in the night, even though we have travelled in the right places to hear.
    Have seen dingo up close in the zoo, but that's it.

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    1. Margaret, don't you have dingoes in Tasmania? Ah, apparently you don't. They always stay a long way away from towns and even quite a distance from farms.

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    2. Nope, no dingoes that I know of Andrew :) probably could find a few though :):)

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