“Hi, today too the energetic Dhole! I have interest in many things so I go here and there exploring, eating various foods and because park is vast I want to experience many things. I really like to play but I must study too... ... Ah, I must practice team play also. I want to treasure my bond with my friends”
Dhole is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.
In Real Life
The dhole also known as, Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red dog, and mountain wolf, has been variously described as combining the physical characteristics of the gray wolf and the red fox, and as being "cat-like" on account of its long backbone and slender limbs. It has a wide and massive skull with a well-developed sagittal crest, Adult females can weigh from 10 to 17 kg, while the slightly larger male may weigh from 15 to 21 kg.
The general tone of the fur is reddish. The tone of the fur depends on their surroundings as to be their camouflage, with the brightest hues occurring in winter. In the winter coat, the back is clothed in a saturated rusty-red to reddish colour with brownish highlights along the top of the head, neck and shoulders.
The throat, chest, flanks, and belly and the upper parts of the limbs are less brightly coloured, and are more yellowish in tone. The lower parts of the limbs are whitish, with dark brownish bands on the anterior sides of the forelimbs. The muzzle and forehead are greyish-reddish. The tail is very luxuriant and fluffy, and is mainly of a reddish-ocherous colour, with a dark brown tip. The summer coat is shorter, coarser, and darker. The dorsal and lateral guard hairs in adults measure 20 to 30 mm in length.
Found in eastern and southern Asia, dholes primarily inhabit mountainous areas; in the western half of their range, they live mostly in alpine meadows and high-montane steppes high above sea level, while in the east, they mainly range in montane taigas, though they may appear along coastlines.
They live in packs of 3 to 5 animals, particularly during the spring season, as this is the optimal number for catching fawns. Unlike other canids, there is no evidence of dholes using urine to mark their territories or travel routes. When urinating, dholes, especially males, may raise one hind leg or both to result in a handstand.
Dholes are primarily diurnal hunters, hunting in the early hours of the morning. They rarely hunt nocturnally, except on moonlit nights, indicating they greatly rely on sight when hunting. Although not as fast as jackals and foxes, they can chase their prey for many hours. During a pursuit, one or more dholes may take over chasing their prey, while the rest of the pack keeps up at a steadier pace behind, taking over once the other group tires.
Dholes prey on hoofed mammals—in India, they eat deer, wild pigs, buffalo, and wild goats. In Southeast Asia, dholes feed on deer, gaur, and banteng, and in Siberia, they eat deer, wild sheep, and reindeer. Dholes also eat berries, bugs, lizards, and rabbits and can hunt well on their own if needed.
Dholes live about 10 years in the wild; up to 16 years in captivity.
- The dhole makes some extraordinary sounds: it can whistle, scream, mew, and even cluck like a chicken.
- Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhole
- From Zoos: https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/dhole
- Miscs: https://theanimalfacts.com/mammals/dhole/ , http://wwf.panda.org/our_work/wildlife/profiles/mammals/dhole/