Bush dog

Bush dog The bush dog (Speothos venaticus) can be found from Panama to Argentina. Despite its extensive range, it can seldom be seen and is very rare. It was even thought that bushdogs were extinct, because fossils of the bush dog caused the discovery of the species. Bushdogs are semi-aquatic and can dive underwater with great ease, partly because of their webbed feet. The bushdog's length can range between 57 and 75 centimeters long, and about 30 centimeters in height and weighs around 5 to 7 kilograms. Their biggest threat is habitat destruction, this is because of their low density populations. Bushdogs hunt in packs of 10-12 animals, this helps them bringing down larger prey, like rheas. Typical prey includes agouti, pacas and capybaras.

Which zoos have them?
Edinburgh Zoo (United Kingdom) and Saint Louis Zoological Park (United States)

The Bush dog, savannah dog, vinegar dog is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the bush dog
A young / baby of a bush dog is called a 'whelp or pup'. The females are called 'bitch' and males 'dog or sire'. A bush dog group is called a 'pack, litter (young), kennel, gang or legion'.
Some facts about the
Bush dog

Adult weight : 6 kg (13.2 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 14 years

Female maturity :304 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 68 days

Weaning : 101 days

Litter size : 4

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 249 days

Weight at birth : 0.16 kg (0.352 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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