Born on Christmas Eve, this threesome recently came out to public oohs and ahhs at the Denver Zoo. From this angle, I can't tell the two rascally lads — Santiago and Diego — from the lass named Cayenne but, sure enough, I easily see the cuteness. The zoo hasn't had any Maned Wolf pups since 1985 so, to celebrate their return, I've gathered up some facts about this species. Learn all about 'em in the slideshow!
If you've got a male dog, I'm betting you notice his gravitation to certain spots to do his business – North has his favorite hydrant and lamp posts in our neighborhood. I knew about the reasoning behind marking, but a new study takes that one step further. It explains that dogs aren't just choosing the same spots, they pick prominent urban landscape features that "maximize visual impact and odor distribution."
Not to get too graphic here, but this study is the first to examine the poop side, looking at fecal marking of wild wolves to see how choices can tell others about territory control, mating status, and more. If you're not to queasy from poop talk, read more