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11 July 2005 @ 09:31 am
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

the wandering weregirl: Supercute!lacrimas on May 17th, 2007 01:26 am (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 17th, 2007 02:54 am (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 18th, 2007 02:48 am (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