December 14, 2012

Rare Singing Dog Spotted in New Guinea?

Christine Dell'Amore, National Geographic


AP Photo

Feared extinct in its highlands habitat, the singing dog—whose name comes from its coyote-like howls—was last photographed in the wild 23 years ago.

At least 200 captive singing dogs live in zoos and as pets around the world, ancestors of a few wild dogs captured in the 1950s. But the animals—which resemble a domestic dog breed called the Shiba Inu—are severely inbred due to a lack of new genes.

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TAGGED: Endangered Species, New Guinea, Dogs, Extinct Species

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