November 6, 2019
It’s one thing to wonder exactly what breed your rescue pet is. It’s entirely another to find an adorable stray pup in the backyard of an Australian rural town, and then discover it’s an endangered Australian alpine dingo.
But that’s just what happened in the town of Wandiligong. What was assumed to be a stray puppy was given a DNA test, which confirmed that the pup — named Wandi, after the town — was an Australian alpine dingo. Dingoes are native to Australia but have had their numbers reduced by habitat destruction and hunting. The species is currently listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.