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Old December 15th, 2017, 08:13 AM   #41

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Then there is this, the still unexplained corvid "funeral" ceremony.



And this. The deceased crow is in the center of the "mourners" and a little difficult to see at first.

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Old December 15th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #42

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Cain took to burying his dead brother Abel after watching a flock of crows or ravens do the same with a fallen comrade. That was what I read somewhere.
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I would have never even considered a bear and a wolf could become friends... Good one, Scaeva!
There was a National Geographic documentary I saw a few years ago about an even stranger alliance.

An African wild dog that was the sole survivor of a distemper outbreak that felled her pack, ended up latching on to a pair of jackals and their pups and would even bring food (or regurgitate it) for the jackpal pups. Later a hyena that was missing it's pack ended up joining the bizarre coalition, though if I remember right it was less maternal (or parternal) towards the jackpal pups and mainly just behaved itself because the wild dog was dominant and wouldn't let it get too close. The hyena was however in a hunting alliance with the wild dog.
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There was a National Geographic documentary I saw a few years ago about an even stranger alliance.

An African wild dog that was the sole survivor of a distemper outbreak that felled her pack, ended up latching on to a pair of jackals and their pups and would even bring food (or regurgitate it) for the jackpal pups. Later a hyena that was missing it's pack ended up joining the bizarre coalition, though if I remember right it was less maternal (or parternal) towards the jackpal pups and mainly just behaved itself because the wild dog was dominant and wouldn't let it get too close. The hyena was however in a hunting alliance with the wild dog.
I have to see that one.
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I have to see that one.
I found a promotional trailer for the one I saw, made apparently before National Geographic had picked it up. The finished film is called A Wild Dog's Tale.

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I found a promotional trailer for the one I saw, made apparently before National Geographic had picked it up. The finished film is called A Wild Dog's Tale.

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Old December 16th, 2017, 03:35 AM   #47

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That wild dog, Solo, she had an interesting colouring pattern. Even rare, I wud say. And her general appearance also, as well as the way she moved. I'm tempted to imagine that she might actually hv had some hyena lineage in her. Wonder if that cud be possible.
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I just saw some wild dog pics. They do all look like Solo. Are they related to hyenas?
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Old December 16th, 2017, 06:02 AM   #49

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Hyenas are only related to dogs in sharing a common ancestor at the base of carnivora. Hyenas are in fact more related to cats than dogs. Convergent evolution makes them look canine, like T.rex is generally like the tetanuran theropods that preceded it , but only because it fills the same role of large predator, under the skin it's of course still a theropod, but far more advanced.

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I just saw some wild dog pics. They do all look like Solo. Are they related to hyenas?
Corvidius' post already covered it, but hyenas are actually more closely related to cats than dogs and the dog-like appearance is due to convergent evolution. Their closest relative, believe it or not, is the mongoose. If the hyena had mated with Solo it wouldn't have produced offspring.
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