The common dog has quite a few relatives in the wild.
And some of the most resilient, cunning, and nimble are jackals and coyotes. Due to these properties, as well as the amazing ability to adapt, the habitat area of these animals is gradually increasing. And unlike coyotes that live on American soil, jackals can be found all over the globe.
What do coyotes and jackals eat in the wild?
One common trait these “relatives of the dog” have in common is their desire to stay close to human habitation. The reason is simple – the remains of human food are one of the main “meals” in their menu. Besides, both species are unpretentious in food, they gladly eat mice, fish, frogs, and lizards, like sweet fruits, and do not disdain insects and even the contents of garbage dumps.
Both have excellent eyesight – up to 200 meters, and it is equally effective at any time of the day. Although these animals are especially active at night. Coyote can jump 4 m in length and reach speed up to 40 km/h. For comparison, only a greyhound can reach such speed.
Coyotes prefer to hunt in packs, but even if a coyote has to go in search of food alone, he can take a badger “in the company”. The latter will dig a hole in which the rodent is hiding, and the coyote, being on the alert, will grab the escaped animal. The badger, on the other hand, may gorge on those that have failed to pop out.
Of all the wild species of canines, the coyote is again recognized as the “loudest”. His long and nasty voice resounds far around, terrifying impressionable citizens. But a jackal is less picky about food – if there is nothing “tasty”, he can easily eat grass. But from sweet vegetables and fruits, it will definitely choose the ripest ones and bite into them.
What do dingo dogs eat in the wild?
Dingo – Australians compare it to a wolf. And, it is true, outwardly these dogs resemble wild gray wolves, just as embittered and stern. Like their predatory canine relatives, wild dingoes are known for their sturdy and strong bodies, sharp muzzle, strong teeth, and strong paws. Like the wolf, the Australian’s ears and tail are pointed and look upward, as does the tail.
An adult dingo weighs 25-30 kilograms and can reach a height of up to sixty centimeters. All Australians are very strong and sturdy. They have a beautiful color, a bright, red color. Rarely there are dingoes, which have gray or brown skin color, only their feet and the tip of the tail are white. They are characterized by a completely soft, fluffy, and soft coat.
Dingo is a dog very complex in nature and temperament. Dingo is a rebel, hard to train. Rarely, you can say, to whom it succeeds. Even if a domesticated dingo will comply with the owner’s commands, it is better not to keep this dog on a leash. Outwardly calm and playful, he can attack a person even if the owners are standing next to him. But in general, domesticated Australians are very loyal and caring and will obey only one master to the death, even go to the end of the world for him.
All dingoes are wild, like wolves, hunting their prey mainly at night. They live on the Australian contingent on the edge of the forest. They more like to live in places where the climate is humid or near eucalyptus thickets. They breed in arid semi-desert areas of Australia and build their burrows strictly near a body of water, but at the root of a tree or, if not successful, in a deep cave. Asiatic dingoes live mostly near humans, arranging their dwellings to feed on garbage.
Similarities with wolves in Australians are that they also enjoy nocturnal hunts. They eat small cloven-hoofed mammals, adore hares, and occasionally attack even adult kangaroos. They eat all kinds of carrion, insects, and toads are also present in their diet.
Dingoes are disliked by shepherds because these animals are used to attack even the daytime cattle. For quite a long time, farmers tolerated how these dogs – wolves attacked the herd and killed the animals, not even trying to eat them, just gnawing … and that’s all. So they decided to band together and shoot the dingoes. As a result, the wild dingoes began to rapidly disappear. Asian dogs were luckier because these dingoes eat everything: different kinds of fish, fruits, and cereals.
In Asian countries, breeders of this breed of dog are much easier, since dingo puppies are domesticated to hunting as early as six months. At one year old, Dingos are already real, strong, and intelligent predators that adore the results of their conquests; prey caught by their own efforts. Dingoes rarely hunt at night in groups, preferring instead to hunt their own prey. And if they do live in populations, only five or six at a time.