Charlie Buttrey

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.

According to Lyn Watson, the director of the Australian Dingo Foundation, dingoes are Australia’s “apex predator, they’re our lion.  Their job is to keep the kangaroo population down. That was their job before the coming of the Europeans, that was their job for thousands of years.” Which doesn’t mean that dingoes themselves might not find themselves prey for another animal. When Wandi was discovered, there were scratches on Wandi’s back. They were likely made by a large bird of prey that had snatched Wandi away from his family with the intention of making a meal out of him.

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