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No sitting for this hunting dog

 

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Lycaon pictus photo © Cliff

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Lycaon pictus photo © Bernard Dupont

 

It is surprising that – unlike the Asian hunting dog, the wolf, and the domestic dog – the African hunting dog ostensibly does not sit. One explanation for this is that competition and mutual antagonism with the spotted hyena over evolutionary time has resulted in extreme specialisations for endurance running which include hind legs that cannot fully fold.

 

Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016

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Lycaon pictus photo © Philip Gabrielsens

 

Photographs:

Juvenile Lycaon pictus sitting

Lycaon pictus in adapted sitting position

Lycaon pictus in adapted sitting position

 

                                            

 

                                          

 

 

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Last modified on 07 September 2016

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