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11 July 2005 @ 09:31 am
Dholes  
Dholes are threatened with extinction mostly because of the human attitude towards this animal. A naturalist (in 1940s) once called them "pests of the forest" for whatever reason and people were actually rewarded by the government for every dhole killed till as recently as 1972!!!

Anyways, these guys just look and act like our pet dogs only that these can kill a tiger if they want to!











Dhole dash!



A Dhole couple



Reflections in the rain



Time for a short nap



cold stare





 
 
 
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on July 11th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
In the first picture - is the dhole baring its teeth / growling or yawning? Cant figure that.

Liked the second shot.
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
It's a yawn. Dholes keep on yawning all the time for some reason.
astra1111 on July 11th, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
"pests of the forest"
what would be the reason behind this
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
http://www.cuon.net/dholes/

Probably because people think that if they survive no other animals would (somewhat like what people think about crows these days)

Or is it because they are just ruthless in killing, often start eating their victims even before they are dead?

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 11th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
They did this in the United States with both the wolf and the coyote (basically wild dogs), where they were considered pests to livestock. What they didn't realize until almost too late is that the coyote especially didn't kill many domestic animals, but it hunted more of the small true pests, like mice and rats and rabbits, which DO do a lot of damage to farmers' crops. The farmers still hate the wolves and yes, they do kill a sheep every now and then, but they are necessary to the balance of nature.
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Yep, I remember reading somewhere that some 5 or 6 species of wolves in North America became extinct during the last century.

Surprisingly, I've not heard about Dholes picking up livestock. Out here, leopards pick village dogs and sheep on the edges of the forests.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 11th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
What often happened in the past was coyotes especially would pick young lambs soon after birth and they also would occasionally take a sick or crippled sheep, but normally, there is enough food in nature so they don't target domestic livestock. And they are great scavengers of already dead animals. They will take cats, however, as will foxes.
Sajith T Ssajith on July 11th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Wow.
Suraj Kumarsunson on July 11th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
Amazing Trivia and photos. :) Thanks!
drkishoremurthy on July 11th, 2005 06:04 am (UTC)
love the orange and the green.. these frail looking creatures are true hunters.. the most dangerous kind.. and they come in packs.. thanks for sharing..
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 11th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
Thanks our resident National Geographic photojournalist;-)

I had never heard of dholes! So a second thanks for that. Great work man:-)
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Yep, they are not big stars like the lions and leopards. Also, almost everyone who's seen my Dhole pics at home ask me if it's a fox!!

There is still so much to discover and every day something new pops up. Well how many people would believe that there are Hyenas near Bandipur (mudumalai side)? :)
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
oops ... I meant tigers and leopards!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 11th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
They do look like foxes, and that is what I thought it was until I read your post. Are they from the fox family?

Hyaenas near Bandipur!! Wow!
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 11:34 pm (UTC)
Foxes and Dholes belong to the Dog family but they are not too closely related.

Yep, Striped Hyena's are still around, but very rare and probably on the verge of extinction in these parts, but still no one talks about them as much as they do about tigers! The reason is probably because Tigers are the alpha predators and the health of the forest depeneds on the presence of tigers as it's generally believed.

Even I was amazed when I heard about Hyenas first! So, you can just imagine the richness of these forests with respect to birds and insects that are still waiting to be discovered! :)
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Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 07:41 am (UTC)
Actually, I had posted a few of their pics here:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/yathin/73833.html

And I also see comments from you and premkudva :D

It's really tough to remember these animals since they hardly get any coverage in blogs and news since so few of them are there and around. It's locally strong in numbers in the Bandipur-Kabini area and probably the best place in the world to see them and that's why I have so many pics of them!

They are in fact as threatened as the tiger and elephants and no one really knows how many dholes there are in this world.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 11th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Fukks! That means I had heard of dholes before from you, and completely forgotten about them. Heh! Good you made this post, in that one they were not so clear. In this one they look really really clear.
Yathinyathin on July 11th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
lol! :)

You should see them, they look so puny that you will not believe they can kill a tiger if they want to!
Vyshnavivyshnavi on July 11th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
these guys just look and act like our pet dogs only that these can kill a tiger if they want to
Awesome!!

Enjoyed the pictures too :)
Bindusimplybindu on July 11th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Mez scared of dogs --> Mez scared of wild dogs --> Mez scared of Dholes

To eat the prey, even before it is dead
A reason to be *more scared*

the wandering weregirl: Supercute!lacrimas on May 16th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
I know you don't know me but...
I'm really interested in dholes, and I was wondering if you knew what the difference was between the dholes that are all orange and the ones that have white underbellies is. Is it just a seasonal phase, or a regional thing? I can't seem to find any info on it.
Yathinyathin on May 16th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I know you don't know me but...
From what I've seen, the alpha couple in the pack seem to have more extensive white on their ventral side in the Dholes I've seen in Southern India. Take a look at this post: http://yathin.livejournal.com/135697.html - most plain orange dholes were members of the pack and the alpha male and female were the ones with the white patch.
the wandering weregirllacrimas on May 17th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: I know you don't know me but...
I finally found some info on it. Apparently it's a regional subspecies thing, though it's really interesting that the ones with white patches are more likely to be dominant in your region. If you're interested, there's more info in this .pdf at chapter 8 http://www.canids.org/cap/CANID6.pdf