History of the Australian Dingo
FACT: Fossils discovered to date point to at least 5,000 years of colonisation in Australia by this resilient natural canid. Molecular work is confirming at least this time line. It is possible that the coming of the dingo coincides with the last great flood, which raised sea levels and created the separation of previously much closer land masses around 9,000 years ago.
FICTION?: Whilst it has been widely assumed and reported that the dingo came with man on some sort of sea vessel, this must be challenged, as long haul sea vessels have only been known for hundreds, not thousands of years. It is equally possible that the introduction of the first large placental mammal, other than man, to Australia, was a totally natural one.
With heaps of socialisation work and loving handling from a very early stage of life, a sensitive dingo may bond to its immediate family and appear “tame”.
However, it is rare for a dingo to accept strangers or to be secure outside of it's home environment, to which it also bonds. Dingoes are NEVER aggressive. They will always flee before confrontation, but will protect their partner or young with courage. They do not bark, but will howl melodically. They are driven by annual breeding seasons governed by cosmic conditions.
FACT: THE DINGO AND THE ABORIGINES WERE THE FIRST PLACENTAL LARGE MAMMALIAN PREDATORS TO INHABIT THIS LAND OF MARSUPIALS, and have been in Australia for thousands of years.
FACT : Europeans have done a great job of exterminating both, as well as dozens of other native species, in a mere 200-odd years. Australia’s record is the world’s worst.
What an appalling shame. It is now time to make urgent amends.
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Alpha pair suppress copulation in sub-ordinate females
A dingo must drink water an average of 7% of their body weight per day in winter
The first European to see a dingo was William Dampier a Dutch explorer in the late 1600's