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Copyright: Navnith Krishnan (navnith) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 0 N: 158] (1331)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-D Nikkor 80-200 mm/f2.8 ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-04 21:58
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Points: 18
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Not the common street dogs one encounters in the cities in India.These wild dogs are the fiercest and most cruel of all the predators in the sub-continent.


Asiatic wild dogs, also known as dholes or red dogs, belong to the family of Canidae((Cuon alpinus). It is the only species in the genus Cuon. Around 17 to 22 inches in height at the shoulder and about three feet in length,they resemble domestic dogs, to which they are only distantly related. Within the canid family, the dhole is something of an enigma. It doesn't fit neatly into any of the sub-families (i.e. the foxes or wolf-like dogs) and is classified in a genus of its own - Cuon. Among its unusual features is a strange whistle call which it uses to re-assemble the pack when animals become separated in dense forest. The dhole also has more teats than most other dogs and has a shorter jaw with one less molar on each side of its lower jaw.
They operate in packs and are the only animal that can tree the formidable tiger.
Dholes were once killed as vermin In India; bounties were paid for carcasses, even eight annas per tail, right until 1972. Through much of its history the dhole has been trapped, shot and poisoned. Even today negative attitudes persist. With suitable areas steadily diminishing and cattle being grazed within the forests, livestock occasionally fall prey to the dhole.They are now a rare sight in Indian forests due to human persecution and disceases. Though threatened with extinction, so far it has received very little attention. Unlike the wolf or African hunting dog, few people have even heard of it!
Like every creation of nature Dholes also have a role to play. Once Dholes operate in an area all the ungulates leave thosr place, thus preventing over grazing and subsequent damage to the ecosystem. Only with a better understanding can we fully value these unique dogs and their integral role in the forest ecosystem.
This photograph was taken at Kanha Wild Life sanctuary,Central India.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-04 22:45]

Interesting animals, Navnith.
These dogs are not known to many people,
so thank you for introducing them to us.
A very sharp image with rich colors.
You caught them in a nice tableau.
TFS. : )

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-04-05 0:29]

Hello Navnith,

Splendid picture of this most cruel dogs of all the predators.
Lovely position of the dog in middle, good colours and nice composition.
Thanks for your note.

Have a nice weekend,


A good shot with highly informative notes, they almost look fox like in their facial features. I never really gave wild dogs much thought until looking upon this.


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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2008-04-05 10:40]

Hi Navnith!

Very rare subject you captured, never seen these interesting animals here on TN! You captured them very well, with good sharpness and composition. Only vignetting looks a bit strange but the framing makes it better. TFS!

Best regards,

Good to get in touch with you once again, Navnith.
Your note on these wild gods is quite informative. One thing is very clear from this well captured image. These are some healthy looking specimens unlike those mangy stray ones we see everywhere in our country. And they do look fierce.
Well done and thanks.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-06 9:46]
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Hi Navnith,
Beautiful animals. the red fur ligned with white at the mouth and belly and the dark tail, they look elegant. Interesting information. Letīs not forget that animals are not cruel, only human beeing can be.

Dear Navnith,
One of the finest ever clicked photo of the Indian wild dogs is captured by you. I never knew Kanha is so rich in them too ! Great shot.
Regards-Dr Subhash Ranjan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-14 19:55]

Hello Navnith

This is a beautiful capture of these wild dogs.
The focus and sharpness are very good.
Excellent colours and details.
The shot is well composed .


great capture, TFS Ori

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