|African Wild dogs (source)|
So now what can I tell you about these wild dogs? Well they have a few things that make them stand out from other predators. They don't fight amongst themselves, not even at feeding time. Instead of fighting over food they beg rather than injuring each other.
|One of the most efficient hunters in Africa (source)|
Another very interesting thing about these dogs is the fact that, of the predators of the world, only the Tasmanian Devil has a stronger bite. (Bite force quotient, the strength of the bite relative to the mass of the animal). Probably because of the presence of other predators in the area, allowing the dog to eat quicker.
|African Wild Dog Pups (source)|
These creatures rely on stamina and endurance when hunting. They can run for a long time, and when their prey tires, they tend to attack it as a pack, usually with one holding onto the tail and another the bottom lip of the prey animal. The rest will attack the belly and disembowel the animal. Because of this form of hunting, when Europeans first encountered the wild dogs they were horrified and wiped out whole packs of dogs.
|African Safari Blog Link|
To see these animals in the wild and hear their birdlike chirping bark is a privilege not everyone is afforded. They are relatively comfortable around people and not really all that shy. You do sometimes see them on the roads when visiting places like the Kruger National Park in Eastern South Africa. Lovely looking animals with remarkable characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd.