Wild Dog Kisses
I just can’t help but be drawn back to the African Wild Dogs video on the front page. Did you happen to notice an almost “kissing” and submissive behavior among a few of the dogs at the beginning of the video? The licking and touching of the mouth is actually a food begging behavior, a repetitive, bonding, reassuring motion carried on from when they were pups begging for food from their mothers. It reminded me of how the pack starts their day. This same behavior occurs over and over between the pack members as they go through the motions of preparing for the first hunt of the day. Almost sounding like a flock of excited birds, they chirp and twitter back and forth as they run shoulder to shoulder, sometimes jumping over each other as the energy builds. Before long the hunters are geared up and on the run looking for the first opportunity to fill their bellies with their first meal of the day. Their speed, desire and tight knit bonds make them an ominous pack that puts fear in almost any animal that happens to be the unlucky one in their path.