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    This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! ๐Ÿบ

    Introducing.....The Maned Wolf......

    The Maned Wolf is a South American canine that is a unique species in the sense that, it is not closely related to any other living canid, and is the only species of its genus Chrysocyon. Interestingly enough, despite its common name, the โ€˜maned wolfโ€™ is neither a wolf, nor a dog, nor is it a fox (in spite of its confusing similarity and color pattern with the red fox). They inhabit the Cerrado region โ€“ the largest biome of South America, including South and Central Brazil, northern Argentina, southern Peru, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

    At present, the population of these mammals is almost threatened with a present population of about 17,000 adults.

    An adult specimens stand at around 90 cm (35 in) at the shoulder, while the head-to-body length is around 100 cm (39 in). An average full-grown maned wolf weighs around 23 kg (51 lb). The entire body is covered with long, copper-orange to tan hairy coat, with the throat region having a white โ€˜bibโ€™, and the tail-tip being white as well. The longevity of maned wolves in the wild is unknown. In human care, median life expectancy is 6.5 years with a maximum of 12 to 15 years.

    Maned wolves prefer both wet and dry forests, grasslands with tall grasses, savannas, wetlands, and marshes.

    Maned wolves are shy creatures and seldom show up. These animals are primarily nocturnal and hunt at night especially during the hours of dawn and dusk, spending the day hours usually by resting in areas covered with thick bush and wild vegetation.

    The maned wolves are mostly solitary creatures, except during the mating season. They are chance predators, and would even go to the extent of stealing a chicken from farms, which is a common incident in the human habitats within their range.

    Maned wolves emit calls but never howl as wolves or hyenas do in order to communicate. Rather, they give out loud bark-like sounds, or roar barks, in order to communicate with their mates, letting each other know where they are, or else, to warn other maned wolves to stay away from their territories.

    This species is omnivorous. Research shows that the diet list of the mane wolf is made up of more than 50% plant matter, including sugarcane, tubers, and fruit (especially wolf apple). Among the animals, they consume rabbits, cuis (wild guinea pigs), and young viscachas (a species of burrowing rodents), as well as agoutis, pacas, insects, reptiles and even birds.

    Because of their shy nature, most information about their reproduction came from the study of pet specimens, under human care, or those in the zoo. The animals are mostly monogamous. Research has shown that these mammals give birth to 1-5 puppies in a litter.
    • Maned wolves have the ability to rotate their ears to listen to the movements of their prey in the grass, as also, of any approaching danger.
    • As a behavioral adaptation, the animal knows the trick to tap the ground (using one of their front feet) to flush out their prey from their burrows in order to catch them.
    • The legs of the animal are long enough to help them move through the bushes at ease, as well as, to see above the tall vegetation within their habitat.
    • Maned wolves have the inborn agility to catch their prey, like birds and insects, mid-air, leaping up directly from the ground.
    • At present, the Brazilian government has officially declared them as a protected species, and killing them in Brazil is a punishable offense.
    • Apart from a few other fox and jackal species that rarely consume some plant matters, the mane wolf is the only canid that is naturally and largely omnivorous, regularly consuming fruits and vegetables.
    • Because of their red fox-like fur pattern and coloration, the maned wolf is also described as a โ€˜fox on stiltsโ€™.
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    Well....Iโ€™ve edited 3 times to fix how this looks......I give up.....sorry!
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    • Cathy F
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      Very interesting, thank you for posting it. Learn something new every day.

    It looks fine to me. Thank you.
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!


      Oh such interesting things to learn here. I must go tell my son. He loves knowing everything he can. He's always asking questions and he's 52!


        Never heard of them before. Very interesting. Thanks!


          Their legs are so long! Thanks for sharing. Never heard of these either.


            Very interesting. Never heard of these animals before. Thanks for sharing.


              Wow - never heard of this animal, let alone seen a photo. Their legs and ears are so large compared to the rest of their bodies - if I didn't know better, I'd wonder if the pic was photoshopped! Thanks for sharing.