The Mystery of the Wrongly-Named Dog

Elusive, shy of people, a real mystery dog.

This wild dog (like the Bush dog) has webbed toes.

And, strangely enough, the female dog is way bigger than the male.  Not too common in the world of dogs!

This is the Short-Eared dog, one of the two rarest dogs in the world.

Scientists trying to find him have only caught five of these dogs in 10 years!

He lives in the Amazon jungle.  Not in packs, like dingos, but alone.  And because he's alone in a gigantic jungle, he's hard to find.

And because he's hard to find, no one has completed an in-depth study on him. 

You're dying to know what this guy eats in the Amazon jungle, all alone, without a pack to help him, right?  So here it is:

Aah, stuff that's small and easy to catch.  Though not very appetizing.  Wouldn't eating a blue and pink crab would make you kind of nervous?

But something's bothering me.  I just keep wondering about the name of this dog.   The Short-Eared dog.

Short-Eared?  His ears don't seem "short" to me.

In fact, the Bush dog's ears seem much shorter than the Short-Eared dog's ears.  

Let's take a peek:

Hah!  I knew it!  Someone goofed up when they named the Short-Eared dog; his ears aren't short!    Unless....

...unless the word "short" doesn't refer to size.  

Maybe, the name refers to...
Bermuda shorts!! 


I see it clearly now...

The Short-Eared dog.  Of course!

But seriously, let's take a look at some live footage of a Short-Eared dog: (what a fascinating spite of his wrong name!)

Hey, if you have a better name for this poor dog, let me know in a comment below!

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