Welcome to our Sunday Selfie project: Dingoes. The dingo is not a dog, even though they look like one at first glance. Dingoes choose a mate for life and when it’s partner dies, it is not uncommon for the living mate to “mourn itself to death.” Classed as an endangered species, dingoes cannot bark. Dingoes can go three weeks in blistering desert heat and below zero nights without a drink, because they are able to get their water from blood, and fat reserves in their body.
The Dingo Discovery Center in Melbourne is home to a number of purebred dingoes and they point out some amazing dingo facts:
* the dingoes joints in their paws are all double jointed, allowing them to rotate their wrist joints, giving them enormous range in extracting eggs, opening gates or doors, etc with their paws.
* the dingoes head is huge, with a very large brain and extremely large jaw bones. If their head fits into a space, the rest of their body can squeeze through too.
* dingoes have peripheral vision of 180 degrees without turning their head.
* dingoes can rotate their head right around past their spine in both directions.
* dingoes are the epitome of a survivor.
Dingoes were friends and protectors to the Aboriginal people who believed they kept evil spirits way.
The Dingo Fence is three times the length of the Great Wall of China and stretches 5,320 kilometres across three states of Australia. The wall is one of the longest man made structures ever built in the world. One side of the fence is sheep country and the other side, in Queensland, is cattle country and home to around 7,000 dingoes. (genus Canis Dingo)We took these photos at Earth Day, Queensland, a few weeks back. Dingoes are in trouble in Australia and I pray solutions can be found to preserve these magnificent animals. If you would like to read more: https://heartforanimals.com/2014/08/australian-dingoes-eco-saviours-or-pests/.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: almost two weeks ago my website was hacked and taken over. Go Daddy were able to retrieve my site, but my new high level of security won’t let me use any Linky Tools, so consequently I cannot host my Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, which I’ve hosted for many years. This let us very sad.
I can enter blog hops, but not host or display them. Brian, from Brian’s Home will continue the tradition of our blog hop, so please support him when he starts this coming Thursday. He’ll be a natural and I know everyone, including us, will support him.
Thank you for reading,
PepiSmartDog. *waves paw* :=o)