Asiatic Wild Dog

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Asiatic Wild Dog

 

(Cuon alpinus), a predacious mammal of the family Canidae. Body length, up to 110 cm; tail length, 45–50 cm. It differs from the common wolf in having no last lower molar. The general coloring is rust-red; the underparts are lighter. The Asiatic wild dog is distributed from Tien-Shan and the Altai to the Far East and, in the south, to Java and the tip of Hindustan and Indochina. In the USSR it is found in the Pamirs, Dzungarian Alatau, Tarbagatai, the Southern Altai, the southern slopes of the lablonovyi and Stanovoi ranges, and in the southern Ussuri region. An extremely rare species, it lives in the mountains and hunts in packs for its prey, which includes deer, mountain sheep, goats, and roe deer.

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See, I leave thee here, and for thy sake only I will carry word to the Pack that they may know where to look for the dhole.
Wait here for the dhole, and he glad that the Man- cub and I strike on thy side.
I will play with the dhole at twilight, for the dhole hunts best by day.
Chil does not leave a dead ox, nor the dhole the blood-trail," said Kaa.
Seen from above, the red dhole does not look half the size of a wolf, but Mowgli knew how strong his feet and jaws were.
All Jungles are our Jungle," was the reply, and the dhole that gave it bared his white teeth.
With his left hand he reached for his knife and cut off the red, bushy tail, flinging the dhole back to earth again.
In half an hour the Little People of the Rocks would be ending their labours, and, as you know, the dhole does not fight best in the twilight.
Then he ran as he had never run in his life before, spurned aside one--two-- three of the piles of stones into the dark, sweet-smelling gullies; heard a roar like the roar of the sea in a cave; saw with the tail of his eye the air grow dark behind him; saw the current of the Waingunga far below, and a flat, diamond- shaped head in the water; leaped outward with all his strength, the tailless dhole snapping at his shoulder in mid-air, and dropped feet first to the safety of the river, breathless and triumphant.
To remain ashore was death, and every dhole knew it.
Mowgli had dived forward like an otter, twitched a struggling dhole under water before he could open his mouth, and dark rings rose as the body plopped up, turning on its side.
Good hunting, Little Brother, and remember the dhole bites low.