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    When you think of dogs you think of cute little puppies. It's the same everywhere, right? Wrong! In Africa they think of bloodthirsty livestock eating monsters. The African Wild Dog (also known as the Lyacaon Pictus) is a very curious animal, having many interesting facts. For starters it is an amazing Hunter having kill rate of 80%, the rate being higher than the African lion as it's kill rate is 33.3% in packs of. Another fact is the dogs pack size is 6 to 20. They also have an unusual way of choosing the Alpha which is in a nonviolent way. The pack only has one breeding pair but everyone cares for the young. All in all African Wild Dog is a very curious animal, which makes it interesting in its  own way. 
    Identifying the African Wild Dog is very hard unless you know what your looking for. But there are a couple of distinct features that can help you distinguish it, one being a bushy white tail. The dogs have four toes instead of five, and are 37 to 50 lbs. They have massive jaws, are long legged, and have large erect battle ears. They are also 30 inches at the shoulder. To sum iy up, the dogs are identifiable if you know what to look for.
    There is one reason the African Wild Dog is endangered. It is because of humans. In fact humans cause most endangerment of species by habitat loss and killing. This is the case with the African Wild Dog, as it is endangered because humans have destroyed its habitat. Humans also kill the dogs because they are blamed for other animals deeds, like a hyena eating livestock, the farmers goes to kill the African Wild Dog as they think the dog did it. The last reason for them being killed is they get infections from domesticated dogs. That is why the African Wild Dog is endangered.
    In conclusion the African Wild Dog, is not your run of the mill African animal. It is a curious animal which I did not hear of before this project, but I'm glad I finally heard of it.



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