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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

Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 11th, 2005 10:07 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 10:27 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 10:28 am (UTC)
oops ... I meant tigers and leopards!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 12th, 2005 03:14 am (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 12th, 2005 03:34 am (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! :)