“He is a clever little dingo and really cheeky.”
A woman in the small Australian town of Wandiligong made a remarkable discovery when a rare animal fell from the sky and landed in her property.
When Jayne Guiney first saw the small animal, she mistook him for a lost puppy or a fox cub.
“I awoke and went outside and heard a whimpering behind the house,” Guiney told The Dodo. “I glanced up to the back of the house and saw a small animal right on the edge of my three-meter cliff.” “As he was falling, I grabbed him and he pretty much just nestled in my arms. His face was pointed, so I assumed he was a fox, yet he was as robust as a dog.”
She took the little critter to the local vet clinic after allowing him to heal over the weekend. The veterinarian immediately recognized that this was no ordinary puppy and contacted the Australian Dingo Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to dingo conservation.
The dingo, later named Wandi, was about 5 weeks old and had scratch marks on his back from the bird of prey who had stolen him from his family, according to an examination.
Wandi is still too young to comprehend traditional dingo behavior, so the sanctuary paired him with a playmate of a similar age to teach him the ropes.
Kevin Newman, a volunteer with the Australian Dingo Foundation, told The Dodo, “He was a wonderful little character right immediately.” “He was very nice with people, and no matter who you were, he would sink his sharp little teeth into your arm.”
Dingoes are the Australian equivalent of Africa’s lion, a top-order predator distinct from wild or domestic canines, according to Newman. “They don’t bark; instead, they howl to communicate and have a yearly breeding season,” according to Newman. “Winter is the only time when cubs are born. They’ve never gone through the process of domestication.”
Wandi was born in the wild, and a DNA test recently indicated that she is 100 percent Australian alpine dingo, which is great news for conservationists. Unfortunately, the alpine dingo is endangered and on the verge of extinction.
“Many Australians perceive them as a threat to agriculture, despite the fact that they don’t like sheep because they can’t process fat and are far too small to take on cattle,” Newman explained. “Dingoes are considered ‘wild dogs’ in many parts of Australia, and trapping and baiting programs are in place to try to eradicate them, despite the fact that they play a crucial role in our environment.”
Wandi will eventually join the foundation’s breeding program, but for now, he’s content with his life as a cub.
Newman described him as “full of life” and “truly enjoying himself at the shelter.” “He’s getting bigger and bigger every day, and he loves meeting new people and dingoes.”
Newman continued, “He’s a clever little dingo and incredibly naughty.” “We adore him!” says the group.