Guest Videos: Running with the pack. Or not.


When it comes to sociable canids, everyone has a howling favorite:



But what about other members of Family Canidae? Do they, too, live in packs?

Not having done much reading on this half of the Order Carnivora, I’m relying on Wikipedia — which means I haven’t fact-checked the following information against the Canid Specialist Group and other knowledgeable sources.

Even keeping to the basics, though, it appears that some canids, like the maned wolf we met last week, are solitary.

So are Arctic foxes, per Dr. Wikipedia, though this one’s curiosity has overcome its fear of humans, at least for the moment:



But reportedly, many foxes live on their own or in small family groups, not in packs.

How much do you know about foxes?



Uh, about that food left out for pets — if the pet is a cat, that fox had better mind its manners!



I was surprised to read that jackals don’t live in packs, because they always appear grouped together on wildlife videos.

But apparently, that hunting is the only time jackals form packs, and even then it’s always a small one.

Most of the time, they are in a monogamous relationship, which is cool and even more so for this presentation of a golden jackal pair (if watching on a phone, you may have to turn it sideways to get the full effect):



Meanwhile, at home, “alpha male” doesn’t really seem to fit what this dog is feeling for its master:



G. K. Chesterton had a clue.



Lagniappe:

Meanwhile, in Namibia, there is conflict between humans and some species (mainly lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and, yes, elephants).

It’s a difficult problem to solve fairly for all, but the pack instinct in dogs may be helping cheetahs some:




Featured image: Holly S. Cannon/Shutterstock



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