The Dhole is a fascinating little mammal. Though it resembles the European red fox, it’s commonly referred to as an “Asiatic Wild Dog” or “Indian Wild Dog.” But even though it’s called a “dog,” it doesn’t have many typical canine traits.For starters, the dhole (pronounced “dole”) has only two molars on each side of its mouth instead of the usual three.
And secondly, the smart, social animal has an amazing system of communication unlike any other dog you’ve ever seen. This allows them to make the most bizarre array of noises, ranging from whistles and growls to screams and even a chicken-like cluck.
As more humans inch closer into the mammal’s homes, they’re killing off the dhole’s food supply in the process. (Dholes have been known to nibble on everything from berries and turtles to rodents and deer.) Humans are exposing the animal to domestic dog diseases, too.As a result, the number of dholes living in the wild has plummeted to somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500, making it one of the most endangered species of Asian wildlife.
If we don't get up and take notice, It wont be long before this beautiful animal will be found only in pictures and history books.
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