Mary’s Monday Metazoan: That’s a pretty wolf? Fox? Deer? Whatsis?


None of the above: it’s a unique canid, the long-legged South American maned wolf. But it’s not a wolf.

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  1. chrislawson says

    Best para from the wikipedia link:

    Both female and male maned wolves use their urine to communicate, e.g. to mark their hunting paths or the places where they have buried hunted prey. The urine has a very distinctive odor, which some people liken to hops or cannabis. The responsible substance very likely is a pyrazine, which also occurs in both plants.(At the Rotterdam Zoo, this smell once set the police on a hunt for cannabis smokers.)

  2. jrkrideau says

    Fascinating animal. My first thought was fox and then about 2 seconds later, no head-colouring and proportions don’t look just right.

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