Hello! Here are some extremely adorable photos of baby dingoes.
Before they grow up to become predators, they’re little baby pups with little baby bear faces. Seriously, look:
"Are you calling me feral!?"
More like, fierce!
The Dingo Discovery Centre in Victoria's Macedon Ranges has been hard at work promoting the preservation and protection of pure dingo bloodlines.
They care for, handle and socialise dingoes to better equip them for life in the sanctuary, but this does not mean the animals become domesticated, or lose their natural instincts.
You see, dingoes are a threatened species.
They've suffered the same fate as wolves where they're seen as pests. Graziers have argued that dingoes destroy livestock and there have been calls to eradicate them. Also, some pure bred dingoes have been cross-bred with domestic dogs.
They are closer in personality to wolves.
They howl, not bark.
They are top order predators, and their absence in the wild has led to the increase in population of other animals such as foxes and goats.
Also, a recent UNSW study showed that dingoes help preserve the shape of sand dunes in the Australian desert.
Many conservationists have tried to convince the public that dingoes are actually non-aggressive animals. In fact they have lived harmoniously with Indigenous communities for thousands of years.
It's only when they feel threatened or they're trying to protect their kind that they attack.
Sanctuaries like the Dingo Discovery Centre are also discouraging owning a dingo as a pet. States like Victoria require a permit from the Department of Environment, while in Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland there is a total ban.
But you can sponsor dingoes like this little one while it lives within the sanctuary.
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