When You Look Like a Werewolf...

...you can be hard to love.  And maybe a bit scary.  And certainly rare.

Nicknames for this strange-looking guy are Horsehair Wolf, Skunk Wolf, Matted Wolf, Great Fox, and my personal favorite, Red-Fox-on-Stilts!

Funny thing is, he's not a wolf OR a fox.  So what IS he?

He's called a Maned wolf ~ a type of wild dog ~ but there's nothing else like him!  He's the tallest of all wild dogs, reaching 42 inches high.

And he has the longest legs...take a look, below:

He does look like he's on stilts! 

Because Maned wolves live in South America, they eat some pretty strange stuff...even sugar cane! In fact, half their diet is fruit and vegetables.

And you have to see the Maned wolf pup.  He's born completely black, with big floppy ears!


So cute!  

Here's a cool BBC video of Maned wolves at night:

And you can hear one roar-barking here:

Maned wolves are one of my favorite animals...what about you?


Caitlyn said...

I am so glad you covered these guys, they're one of my favourite animals ever. I first came across them looking for different types of wolves a few years ago. To me, they seem to combine the slim beauty of foxes with the strength of wolves, not to mention the long legs...elegant and graceful. The big ears, well, they just suit them xD
I love the colouring too.
Also, ever heard their vocalization? It's called a roar bark. Very cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBSGEl-yB7A&feature=related
Also more info in the link on my name abut them (:

polaco said...

A gorgeous animal the Aguará Guazú. Their long lengs help the in in their swampy and high grass habitat

I Spy Animals said...

Agree! They are a unique and beautiful animal.

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