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Dhole Standing Proud by Lupinicious Dhole Standing Proud by Lupinicious
So, here you go, not a wolf, but a canid nonetheless: a dhole (lat.: Cuon alpinus, german: Rothund). Since 2004, this species is classified as "endangered" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with less than 2,500 mature individuals remaining in the wild. :oops: It is native to southeastern parts of Asia.

Photo taken at the Magdeburg Zoo - the dholes there were really fun to watch. I really liked their very playful behavior (every couple of minutes, two of them ran up to the third, obviously the highest ranking animal to butter it up, actively submitting energetically with flying tails. What a crazy bunch :) The "alpha" didn't seem amused either, trying to evade their kisses, but generally only holding still and waiting for the attack wave to fade away.

Also, I particularly like their stylish white fur protruding from the inside of both of their ears :-)

Enjoy! :D
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:iconhellosariuss:
HelloSariuss Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful, I love it.
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shino took the words right out of my mouth.
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ShinoXIII Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What a majestic Capture. This Animal is so beautiful.

Und jetzt schreib ich mal deutsch weil mir das leichter fällt xD
Danke für dieses Wunderschöne Foto. Ich hatte vorher noch nier etwas von einem Rothund gewusst. Und dank deinem Bild habe ich ein weiteres Tier in mein Herz geschlossen ^^
Ich muss unbedingt auch mal nach Magdeburg in den Zoo.^^
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Gern :-)
Ja, die sind wohl nicht nur in der Wildnis, sondern auch in deutschen Zoos recht selten.
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ShinoXIII Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Zum Glück gibt es überhaupt noch welche ^^
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
Wohl wahr...
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Terresa101 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Just something about the color and layout of this shot is awesome! love it!
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Thank you :)
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CytherSlash Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
The Titel fits so perfect.
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:iconlapulta:
Lapulta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!! Dholes finally!! :D They are so underappreciated...... :(

Thank you for standing up for them!!
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Photographer
It's my pleasure :)
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:iconlapulta:
Lapulta Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Keep it up! ;D
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FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:ahoy: This has been featured in my recent journal entry, found here: [link] :ahoy:
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amaterasuwolfy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
such a majestic animal....
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Featured :heart: [link]


:iconthefavouriteshowcase: Thank you for being a member!
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srshields Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Your photo wakes me up and it saddens me. The fallen tree- and the nobel grace of this creature fires me up to change things for the living. Thank you! :earth:
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Photographer
Thank YOU :)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
They're incredible creatures!

Didnt knew there were so few in the wild. Thats so sad... :(
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Emu-O-Hara Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I really love foxes, it's a beautiful animal. Beautiful composition for this photo.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Photographer
Thanks, but it's a dhole, not a fox :D
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Emu-O-Hara Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I did not know this species. I had read the comment of the photograph but I really believed that it was about a species of fox. In made research with the Latin name, I have just found the term in French, he acts of "chien sauvage d'Asie" (wild dog of Asia. It is the first time that I see one of them, thank you for this discovery ;)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Photographer
:D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, great pose! :)
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Phayom Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
this is a pretty photo. very regal, and a great photo for a short lesson on their threatened species status.
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   General Artist
What a beautiful animal! I haven't heard of a dhole before. Presuming it's a close relative of the fox, by the looks. Lovely photograph!
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Jaldithas Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
its close relative of the african wild dog
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SumYungGai92 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda... looks like a fox/cat.
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RandomWiktor Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Wonderful! I adore dholes but most people sadly don't even seem to know that they exist. This is a BEAUTIFUL animal.
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MichelleRamey Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Amazing work! :faint: I absolutely love how you composed the shot.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Photographer
Thank you Michelle, words like that coming from a great photographer like you always mean a lot to me :-)
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Aspiring-writer16 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, great shot. Must say I've never heard of a rothund before... Beautiful animals, though, and glad I've seen one now. Too bad there are so few of them. :(
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weida34 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist
gorgeous shot! :)
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Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Gorgeous!!
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Chucha616 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Artist
o0 fuck are a real dhole (this so great, this animal is so rare)
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CunningFox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there aren't enough good dhole photos :3 this ones composition reminds me of a storybook illustration or painting! Well done
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leilani-m Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
What a cutie :) great capture :)
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:iconlyrak:
Lyrak Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dhole love! <3
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is a beautiful piece :) love the angle of it! :heart:
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kobweb Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
i love this picture. according to "wild dog diaries" documentary, lead dholes are normally female and called queens. cool huh?
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Photographer
Cool, I gotta admit I didn't know that :-) In fact this was probably the first time I ever saw a dhole in person. Thanks for the info! :-)
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PosterMasterChef Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
much more proud than many humans I saw ...
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CrazyWolfPaw Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Wow I saw these in a zoo here in Sweden! :omg: I only knew they were some kind of Asian wild dogs. They're so cute :love:
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Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Here's some more: They used to inhabit India in large large numbers. They'd form packs so large that even families of tigers would give way to them.
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CrazyWolfPaw Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
WHoa, cool!
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