Rare purebred dingo puppy abandoned by eagle in Australian family’s backyard, sanctuary says
A stray young puppy allegedly tossed out of the sky and into the backyard of an Australian family’s property was actually a rare purebred dingo – an endangered wild dog breed that originated in the Down Under.
The animal was discovered in Wandiligong, Victoria, about 200 miles northeast of Melbourne, in August. Jane Guiney, who found the animal whining in her backyard, suspected the furry creature was a dog or fox and was abandoned to the ground by a flying eagle.
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Guiney’s family looked after the dog for a day before taking him to a vet for treatment for any injuries, where it was determined the dog was in fact a dingo.
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“He had a mark on his back [from what is believed to be an eagle’s claws] and there were no other puppies nearby, ”veterinarian Dr. Bec Day told ABC News in Australia. “The resident had heard no [other dingos] call. So he was just a lonely little soul sitting in a backyard. “
The animal’s DNA was tested for confirmation of its breed, and pending the results, the puppy was taken to the Australian Dingo Foundation sanctuary. The test determined that the dingo is a thoroughbred Victorian Highlands Dingo, the sanctuary wrote on Instagram.
The dingo, which has since been named “Wandi,” fits well into the shrine, according to foundation director Lyn Watson.
“Wandi has a little playmate of the same age because he was born at the right time for dingoes in the winter,” Watson said. “He has tamed himself pretty well. Although he is wild and always will be, he has become very happy here and he loves the people who take care of him.”
The shrine wrote online: “He’s living proof that the dingo still prevails in its purest form in Victoria. Wandi will be part of our breeding program, adding new genes to increase the strength and diversity of our captive insurance population of pure dingoes that we have. in our sanctuary. “
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While dingoes are common animals in Australia and can be found in South Asia as well, “their pure genetic strain is gradually being compromised,” according to National Geographic. They often interbreed with domestic dogs, creating hybrid animals, believed to make up over a third of Australia’s dingo population.