New Guinea Singing Dog Video
Say howl-o to the this rare, undomesticated canine breed, whose flexible body and distinctive howl are hallmarks of the breed.
Cassandra Radcliff |
Posted: November 1, 2013, 8 a.m. EST
As our guide takes us behind the scenes at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, I hear the New Guinea Singing Dogs
before laying eyes on them.
The melodious sound is similar to a wolf howl, but it’s something unique that I’ve never heard. An unusual voice is not the only thing that sets this dog apart from any other. From its controversial status — feral dog, domestic dog or wild dog? — to its ancient heritage and elusive nature, everything about the New Guinea Singing Dog makes it one of a kind.
We meet Senior Animal Trainers Alison Holland and Katie Cheng, who bring out two New Guinea Singing Dogs: Piccolo, 3, and Montana, 11, and their arctic wolf companion, Keeli, 10. The small dogs act a little nervous and timid at the sight of new people, but once they see their friend Keeli, they quickly become comfortable in their large exercise pen behind the Wegeforth Bowl, where they appear in the Camp Critters show several times a day for zoo visitors.
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