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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The dhole shuddered, his head dropped, and he lay still, and Won-tolla dropped above him.
Dhole after dhole was slinking away from those dark and bloody sands to the river, to the thick Jungle, up-stream or down- stream as he saw the road clear.
He was flying to the river, knife in hand, to check any dhole who dared to take water, when, from under a mound of nine dead, rose Akela's head and fore-quarters, and Mowgli dropped on his knees beside the Lone Wolf.
Thou art a man, or else the Pack had fled before the dhole. My life I owe to thee, and to-day thou hast saved the Pack even as once I saved thee.
Akela knew something of the dholes, too, for he said to Mowgli quietly, "It is better to die in a Full Pack than leaderless and alone.
"Thou art indeed an Outlier," Mowgli called back; "but we will speak when the dholes are dead.
"At least he did not die THEN, though none waited his coming down with a strong body to hold him safe against the water, as a certain old fat, deaf, yellow Flathead would wait for a Manling--yea, though there were all the dholes of the Dekkan on his trail.
I will make me known to the dholes, so that they shall follow me very closely."
Thou wilt stay here, Kaa, till I come again with my dholes?"
The dholes are a very silent people as a rule, and they have no manners even in their own Jungle.
As Mowgli told Kaa, he had many little thorns under his tongue, and slowly and deliberately he drove the dholes from silence to growls, from growls to yells, and from yells to hoarse slavery ravings.
Ye be true dholes, but to my thinking over much of one kind.