The ears, the snout, the spotted paws - everything about a wild dog puppy is cuteness wrapped up in a bow.
This litter with their devoted mother was spotted by Bushbaby River Lodge and shared on their Facebook page, captured in photos on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate.
What makes this sighting even more special is the fact that this species is severely endangered due to habitat encroachment. Wildlife Act estimates South Africa has fewer than 550 wild dogs left.
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Well this litter is clearly giving new life. There's even an adorable snap of one of the pups drinking from its mother's teat.
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"African Wild Dogs are endangered mostly due to ongoing habitat fragmentation, conflict with human activities and infectious disease,"according to Wildlife Act.
It is estimated that the African Wild Dog is the "second most endangered carnivore in Africa after the Ethiopian Wolf. In South Africa, we have fewer than 550 roaming our wild spaces and only 39 distinct sub-populations left in Africa".
A breeding pair normally forms the head of a pack, and a female can have up to 20 pups at a time, but everyone chips in to take care of them.
Grown up, these pups can live up to 11 years in the wild.
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