The only wild canine in Africa that ʜᴜɴᴛs primarily for food are wild dogs. Their body is covered in a very distinctive pattern of fur in lovely tones of brown, wʜɪᴛe, black, and tan that resembles a painted canvas, hence the term “painted dog.” They weigh between 20 and 25 kg, making them about the size of Labrador retrievers.
The fundamental element of their ʜᴜɴᴛing technique is maintaining fast speeds for extremely long distances without exerting too much energy. Despite being taller above the ground than one may initially imagine, they are fairly light in weight thanks to their slim frame.
Their social interactions are heavily centered around ʜᴜɴᴛing. Compared to other African predators, wild dogs are master ʜᴜɴᴛers with higher success rates. They employ complex flanking and chasing techniques, one of which involves taking turns leading the pursuit while others wait for their turn. Thus, they can run for tens of kilometers without getting tired. Wild canines are also known to begin devouring their prey while it is still alive.
Although it may appear cruel, this is primarily done to increase the amount of food they may obtain before being chased off their prey by larger predators. Animals like wild dogs are territorial. The dominant breeding pair is in charge of delineating the boundaries of the pack’s territory by urinating and fecating there and leaving behind scents that other wild dogs will be able to identify.
Let’s Watch Pack of Wild Dogs ʜᴜɴᴛ A Waterbuck in the video below:
Source: Savanna Private Game Reserve