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The Dhole (Cuon alpinus), also known as the Asian wild dog, Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, whistling dog, red dog, red wolf, and mountain wolf, is a wild canine native to Asia.


Dhole live in East Asia, northwards its range extends as far as Russia, China, Korea, and parts of Mongolia, while southwards it extends as far as Java. Dhole pelts vary from orange-brown with a white underbelly to being entirely a ruddy orange.

They generally live in packs of 10 animals, but groups as large as 40 animals have been sited. The prey they hunt include deer, water buffalo, wild boars, banteng, cattle, nilgai, goats, markhor, serow, tapir, Indian hares, Himalayan field rats, insects, reptiles, and langurs. They also eat plants. They have been known to chase off tigers and leopards in defense of their kills, but are generally not dangerous to humans.

Dhole are an endangered species.

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