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This is a black backed jackal pup emerging from the den.


Click here to see what an adult black backed jackal looks like. It reminds a lot of a coyote, I think.



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A nice shot, of what I see becomes a handsome animal, it is rather like a coyote, Louis, I agree.
Louis: Thank you Frank
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jan 2017, 00:38
Love this pic, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray
Oh I love him! What a wonderful shot! You could sell this to National Geographic! I've always thought they must be close relatives to the Coyote.
Louis: They are family in the sense that they are both from the lupus (wolf) family. In South Africa we have only this one species of lupus. We do have various types of foxes as well. Thank you Elizabeth.
Take you place in the world young Jackal.
Louis: Nifty little characters - quite good at surviving.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jan 2017, 06:40
Oh, he looks a bit anxious, the ears widely spread out.
Louis: There were some warthogs sniffing around, Philine.
A great way to start off the new year, Louis. I suppose there will be lots of "growing up" for all of us this new year? (sigh)
Louis: The learning curve never stops, I agree, Ginnie.
Oh, qu'il est mignon. Très belle photo.
Louis: Le mignon chacal fait une bonne photo. Merci Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:40
Welcome to the planet Earth, I hope your life is a success
Louis: Should be, as this is in the wild. No farmers and dogs.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 07:54
Wary - even at this age, Louis
Louis: Probably part of their DNA, Lisl. In the sheep farming areas, where they are declared vermin, you hear the most interesting stories of how this wariness is part of their survival kit. One thing that everyone agrees is that a jackal that escaped any sort of trap, will never be lured that way again.
The adult has quite a fox like face. This little chap looks a bit worried!
Louis: There were some warthogs rooting about. That would be the primary source of worry smile They have that face, but are larger than foxes and a little smaller than other members of the wolf family - e.g. grey wolves. Officially part of the wolf (lupus) family.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:24
nice ....
Louis: yeah ...
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jan 2017, 08:45
Lisl is right, viewing the world with suspicion even at this early age but lacking the adult's scowl.
Louis: Their wariness is part of their survival skills, blackdog.
The abode is quite like a fox den. Gosh. I remember that shot. Yes, it very much looks like a coyote. Do you also have coyotes?
Louis: No, we don't have coyotes. The black backed jackal is also SA's only member of the canis lupus family.
Cute looking little character, what a shame they have to kill to survive, but then that's nature.
Louis: Yep, that is how it is put together. A big eagle maybe flying over ...
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2017, 14:04
This is an adorable picture, if I an say that of this 'predator'... but then, I believe in survival of the strongest in nature, only the strong will survive and the weak don't take away the food needed for the strong. (je weet wel wat ik bedoel)
Louis: Thank you Astrid. I understand. Even this little one may be at risk.
the pup is such a beautiful fresh and fuzzy thing Louis...
i didn't think that i would like jackals... the the adult that you showed me looks quite handsome....petersmile
Louis: Join the long queue of people not liking jackals smile Chickens, cats, sheep and goats are at risk with jackals around - so, the farmers don't like them.
Looks very much like a fox pup.
Louis: Only larger, but yes, they are of the canine order.

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