W is for Wolf
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Maned wolves look like foxes with foal legs – and they are not wolves at all. They are related more closely to an ancient dog ancestor which also gave rise to types of South American foxes.
Their legs look out of proportion – they are about three feet tall, the largest canid in South America.
They are carnivores that hunt for small prey in the evening before midnight. They hunt alone, and mark their territory like a dog with urine – which has a peculiar smell, rather like cannabis.
Threats include habitat loss, disease from domestic dogs and being run over. They are classed as Near Threatened.
All material except photo © Liz Brownlee
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