The Wild Dog is also called the Cape Hunting Dog and is about
the size of an Alsatian. It has a reputation for its vicious
killing style. The wild dog can see best in the early mornings
and evenings and therefore it does most of its hunting during
those times. Their prey include springbok, blue wildebeest
The wild dog can reach a speed of about sixty six kilometers
per hour when it is chasing after its prey. When the leading
dog gets tired, the another dog in the pack will take over
to keep the chase going. When the prey wears out and starts
to slow down, the wild dogs will move in and circle it. If
it is a small animal, it will be ripped to pieces, but when
chasing the larger animals, their flesh is ripped off in chunks
and these animals normally run until they collapse.
Although the adults are hungry, they will let the juveniles
eat first and then they will move in to have their share.
The young wild dogs are constantly pampered and nurtured by
their parents who cleanse them, take care of them and feed
them soft meat.
Wild dogs communicate with other member of their pack by
using body posture, certain calls and greeting rituals. Wild
dogs are superior to hyenas and leopards and therefore can
give up a killed prey to a pack of dogs.