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(BBC)   World's rarest dog at risk of extinction. Your dog wants a stake at life   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 83
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2012-10-26 09:43:42 PM
Strange looking wolf. Still not good news.
/fan of canids
 
2012-10-26 11:08:54 PM
meh
So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.
 
2012-10-26 11:13:09 PM
Wolves are not dogs.
 
2012-10-26 11:51:12 PM
That could mean moving male wolves between populations to trigger fresh breeding.

As opposed to the usual once-every-six-months at home with their cousins.
 
2012-10-26 11:52:09 PM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


Your wolf wants steak?
 
2012-10-26 11:54:16 PM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


I think the classification changed, and canis familiaris went away., so they're all canis.
 
2012-10-26 11:56:26 PM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


However, unlike Farkers of the same species, wolves and dogs can easily breed.
 
2012-10-26 11:59:43 PM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-27 12:00:21 AM

UsikFark: crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

However, unlike Farkers of the same species, wolves and dogs can easily breed.


You'd be surprised what canids can breed with. Somebody cross bred Hyenas with dogs, in order to produce a species of dog with even more sensitive smell capabilities.
 
2012-10-27 12:01:42 AM
At first I thought it was some floofy pedigreed dog breed, so I thought, whatevs. Now I see it's a wolf, those things are awesome. Yes, I care.
 
2012-10-27 12:03:53 AM
I was in the Ethiopian Highlands in 2011 and while I dearly wanted to go looking for these wolves, the altitude killed me. I was huffing and puffing up the slopes while donkeys and 80-year-old Ethiopian women sauntered past me.
 
2012-10-27 12:09:41 AM

simplicimus: You'd be surprised what canids can breed with.


No thanks, I'll stick with humans! Beautiful wolves, though, you can see how sight hounds/Anubis came to be in that region.
 
2012-10-27 12:09:46 AM

namatad: meh
So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.


Exactly! We've got to DO something!!
 
2012-10-27 12:11:12 AM
FTA : Another major threat to their future comes from habitat loss and fragmentation, which may be accelerated by climate change.

The next ice age that rolls through could wipe them out entirely.
 
2012-10-27 12:11:45 AM

UsikFark: simplicimus: You'd be surprised what canids can breed with.

No thanks, I'll stick with humans! Beautiful wolves, though, you can see how sight hounds/Anubis came to be in that region.


Speciest!
 
2012-10-27 12:12:48 AM
So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.


And as long as you keep removing the niches, the species will disappear as well. There is no generalist to fill this spot. It's the Ethiopian wolf or a bunch of short, struggling grass and a few happy rodents.
 
2012-10-27 12:15:19 AM

bugmn99: namatad: meh
So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.

Exactly! We've got to DO something!!


Seriously, this is like your last-chance to turn one into a handbag. Why let it slip away?
 
2012-10-27 12:17:15 AM

whatshisname: So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.

And as long as you keep removing the niches, the species will disappear as well. There is no generalist to fill this spot. It's the Ethiopian wolf or a bunch of short, struggling grass and a few happy rodents.


Africa has the nastiest snakes in the world, snakes that will chase you when they feel footsteps. Sorry, Australia.
 
2012-10-27 12:18:10 AM
Hey it's the Space Coyote..

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2012-10-27 12:20:25 AM

UsikFark: Africa has the nastiest snakes in the world


Up where this wolf lives - no snakes. Weird-ass gelada baboons with James Brown hairdos, but no snakes.
 
2012-10-27 12:21:04 AM
Looks like they've had a shiatty decade.

Race to save world's rarest wolf 10 NOVEMBER 2008, SCI/TECH
Vaccine hopes for Ethiopian wolf 11 OCTOBER 2006, SCI/TECH
Rabies ravages rare wolves 27 NOVEMBER 2003, SCI/TECH
 
2012-10-27 12:22:02 AM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

The name Canis means "dog" in Latin.
Wolves, dogs, and dingoes are subspecies of Canis lupus.


meh
The generic name Canis, properly translated into english would be dog.
If you are talking about the collective which included both wolves and dogs ...
meh

plus give that both are only subspecies, they certainly are close enough to have a collective name //

meh
who cares.
 
Skr
2012-10-27 12:25:00 AM
Cool looking wolf. The coloring reminds me of a Fox.


/do a barrel roll
 
2012-10-27 12:27:28 AM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


Dumb farker. Wolves are not domestic dogs.

dumb farker.
 
2012-10-27 12:28:33 AM
The Egyptian Wetterhoun is having the same problem.

We need to save the Egyptian Wetterhoun too.
 
2012-10-27 12:28:57 AM
Sorry. Ignorant, not dumb.
 
2012-10-27 12:30:17 AM

crabsno termites: crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

Dumb farker. Wolves are not domestic dogs.

dumb farker.


Dumber Farker: Wolves are not domesticated dogs!
 
2012-10-27 12:30:37 AM

whatshisname: So species of wolves which will travel longer distance will survive and replace this species.
This is Darwin at his simplest. Niche species will always lose out to generalists. In the long term. Probably.

And as long as you keep removing the niches, the species will disappear as well. There is no generalist to fill this spot. It's the Ethiopian wolf or a bunch of short, struggling grass and a few happy rodents.


mhmm
You mean none of the other canis lupus subspecies will ever migrate into that territory ever again???
I am not sure if you understand how darwin works.

meh
Some other canid/felis type predator will fill the niche.
Strangely enough, in order for new species to have room to evolve, old species have to go sooner or later.
 
2012-10-27 12:33:42 AM
What do you do if you're being chased by Ethiopian wolves?
Run over a drain.
 
2012-10-27 12:35:35 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-27 12:39:01 AM
Good thing the locals haven't traded recipes with Korea. They'd be found delicious.
 
2012-10-27 12:40:04 AM

namatad: You mean none of the other canis lupus subspecies will ever migrate into that territory ever again???
I am not sure if you understand how darwin works.



Yeah, I understand it, and I've been there. Unless a farking Hyena or African Hunting Dog evolves to fill the niche, there's nothing coming any time soon. They're the only large predator left up there. Lower down you have Geladas, but they're generalists, omnivores and in no way a replacement for a large predator.
 
2012-10-27 12:40:46 AM

Linkster: crabsno termites: crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

Dumb farker. Wolves are not domestic dogs.

dumb farker.

Dumber Farker: Wolves are not domesticated dogs!


You are, of course, grammatically correct. Too many g&t. Point was made, though. An elementary course in Vert Zoo would impart the knowledge.
 
2012-10-27 12:43:53 AM
On second thought, "domestic" = "domesticated", so fark you.

/G&T great stuff
 
2012-10-27 12:44:02 AM

crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.


Actually, dogs and wolves are the same genus and species, canis lupus. Dogs have recently been redesignated as the subspecies C. lupus familiaris.

Probably what's going to happen with these animals is the same thing that happened with the Florida panther a few years back: After numerous attempts to save the subspecies, researchers had to give up and save the ecosystem predator instead and bring in the related Felis concolor to strengthen the gene pool, losing the subspecies. The same thing will likely happen here: They'll have to bring in the nearest related subspecies and lose the unique Ethiopian wolf to preserve the local predator. Or else allow it to become extinct in favor of whatever other local canid is dominant.

It happens.
 
2012-10-27 12:49:24 AM

ThrobblefootSpectre:


Move to where the farking food is!
 
2012-10-27 12:49:29 AM

Gyrfalcon: crypticsatellite: Wolves are not dogs.

Actually, dogs and wolves are the same genus and species, canis lupus. Dogs have recently been redesignated as the subspecies C. lupus familiaris.

Depends on whether you are a "lumper" or a "splitter" - some consider "Lupus" and "Domesticus" different species.

/Mine from the '70's

//old

//lawn, off

 
2012-10-27 12:50:25 AM
Do you know what you call an Ethiopian with a dog?
...A vegetarian
 
2012-10-27 12:51:27 AM

Gyrfalcon: The same thing will likely happen here: They'll have to bring in the nearest related subspecies and lose the unique Ethiopian wolf to preserve the local predator. Or else allow it to become extinct in favor of whatever other local canid is dominant.


There is no other wolf species in Africa. Once they're gone , they're gone. And there's no hyena or hunting dog that's going to climb that high.
 
2012-10-27 12:53:24 AM

whatshisname: Gyrfalcon: The same thing will likely happen here: They'll have to bring in the nearest related subspecies and lose the unique Ethiopian wolf to preserve the local predator. Or else allow it to become extinct in favor of whatever other local canid is dominant.

There is no other wolf species in Africa. Once they're gone , they're gone. And there's no hyena or hunting dog that's going to climb that high.


GS the cape wolf - some interesting reading.
 
2012-10-27 12:55:52 AM
it's a dog eat dog cliche, i guess

they sound way overspecialized, I'm afraid. what are the odds that one inbred male dropped amongst a bunch of other inbreds on a different mountain won't get unkind stares of the 'ya'll ain't from 'round here' sort and then killed?
 
2012-10-27 12:57:08 AM

crabsno termites: whatshisname: Gyrfalcon: The same thing will likely happen here: They'll have to bring in the nearest related subspecies and lose the unique Ethiopian wolf to preserve the local predator. Or else allow it to become extinct in favor of whatever other local canid is dominant.

There is no other wolf species in Africa. Once they're gone , they're gone. And there's no hyena or hunting dog that's going to climb that high.

GS the cape wolf - some interesting reading.


About snakes, yes.
 
2012-10-27 12:58:31 AM

Skr: Cool looking wolf. The coloring reminds me of a Fox.


That critter looks a LOT like the coyotes we have around here. Maybe we should hook 'em up?
 
2012-10-27 01:00:31 AM

simplicimus: Somebody cross bred Hyenas with dogs, in order to produce a species of dog with even more sensitive smell capabilities.


Are you sure it was a hyena and not an African Wild Dog? Hyenas are about as closely related to dogs as tigers are.
 
2012-10-27 01:02:37 AM

WordyGrrl: Skr: Cool looking wolf. The coloring reminds me of a Fox.


That critter looks a LOT like the coyotes we have around here. Maybe we should hook 'em up?


really? our coyotes are yellow/brown. 'cept the dogoytes but I stay the heck away from them.
 
2012-10-27 01:04:52 AM
I don't know from dogs, but that animal has a handsome profile in that first pic in TFA.
 
2012-10-27 01:05:30 AM
just need to know where to send that 19.00 every month and foxdog will be fine.

/can't wait to receive me silk screened official logo canvas tote
 
2012-10-27 01:07:44 AM
What's the problem? Just call the EPA and have them handle it. They can introduce Canadian grey timberwolves. Now I know what you're thinking, that would be introducing an invasive species which is an apex predator and quite a bit larger than the wolf native to the area and thus going to eat itself out of house and home.

None of that stopped the introduction of the Canadian grey timberwolf into Yellowstone.

So yeah, toss some coyotes in while you're at it.
 
2012-10-27 01:08:14 AM

Omahawg: WordyGrrl: Skr: Cool looking wolf. The coloring reminds me of a Fox.


That critter looks a LOT like the coyotes we have around here. Maybe we should hook 'em up?

really? our coyotes are yellow/brown. 'cept the dogoytes but I stay the heck away from them.


The color variation in coyotes is amazin. Have lived in PA, CO, OK, FL, AL, IA, NE, OR, and hunted in many other states, and seen from pale grey to almost black, and every color between. Wonderful thing, adaptation
 
2012-10-27 01:08:31 AM
They had their chance here and, unless adaptation skills and some genetic luck prevail, enjoyed their stay with +99% of every other member of this ongoing party that left when the food and atmosphere wasn't to their liking. Sounds like most parties I've attended when the mood changed, just on a macroscopic scale.
 
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