Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dhole, Cuon Alpinus.

In India there are bears, leopards and tigers. Three big predators that at the same time have a common predator and not humans. The most dangerous animal of South Asia is the Dhole, also called  Asiatic wild dog or Indian wild dog.

Do not rely on appearance similar to a clever but harmless fox, Dhole is a predator  bold and is able to hunt large and dangerous animals such as water buffalo that easily weigh 1 ton.

It is said that this wonderful animal is the predator king of India, and that are more dangerous than the tigers. In fact, we know that in many cases the Dholes attack and kills  tigers. Those tigers are defending hedging its bets with a tree or a rock are the ones most likely to survive. But the tigers run off are bitten and bled and fall prey depletion of cuones. While it is true that on many occasions some Cuon alpinus falls victim to the claws of the tiger.
But if someone Dhole is hurt when hunting , this individual is protected and cared for the herd. And they are very social animals. And herd are numerous, several individuals, 20 or more individuals.
Dhole herds can also steal a leopard prey, while the leopards can kill them if they are found alone or in pairs.

Unlike herd of wolves, herds of several females have procreative cuon. They are more social and less territorial than wolf packs and unlike these, is said not to live in packs, but form clans. The difference of this technique is hunting.

Well, it's like a medium sized dog, like a coyote, reddish like a fox and a short snout shorter than other species of the family Canidae. Weighs no more than 20 kg. His body is well proportioned, its members are moderately long, and proportional chest. They have great leaping ability and to make great leaps, up to 3.5 m high and 6.5 m long ... quite an athlete.

It is endangered because of the elimination of habitat and prey. Besides competing directly with men.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Cuban solenodon or almiqui of Cuba

The Cuban solenodon or almiqui of Cuba is a very curious, is an animal that was considered extinct since 1970 and was rediscovered a few years later in a remote place of the island of Cuba ... is an animal that is in real danger of extinction and for people who love animals, we were happy to know it was not extinguished.

The animal that we can remember the shrew or a hedgehog, a little larger than a rat (up to 80 cm long). It has an elongated snout and is also an omnivorous predator. It has tiny eyes, long snout with small but sharp teeth and also enters the exclusive group of venomous mammals, along with other mammals as exotic as the Platypus and the Echidna. By the way, so my assessment is an animal that could catalog in the group of the most ugly.

Being omnivorous, this animal can feed on plant, fruits or roots, but also of invertebrates and other animals of considerable size for it, as birds, frogs, reptiles and even rats ... because it is a gallant and brave predator and has an effective poison.
Experts are trying to increase the population of this animal, but it is really difficult for two reasons.

The first reason is that unlike other animals of similar size, only has one litter per year of between 1 and 3 individuals.

Second reason, it has been discovered that these animals when raised in captivity conditions become more aggressive (and which are solitary animals), and are not immune to its own venom, therefore, when fighting often occur including low in one or two individuals.

Finally, humans have great capacity to destroy, but we also have the great ability to help a species recover.