dingo delivery
November 1, 2019 3:57 AM   Subscribe

Eagle drops rare dingo into Australian back yard. (cute fluffy dingo puppy pics included)

The unexpected pup was found in a back yard, with eagle scratch marks on its back. They thought that Wandi might be a fox or a domestic dog, but it turns out he's pure Alpine Dingo, and could be very handy in the captive breeding program preserving the endangered Dingo blood lines.

And we thought eagles just racked up phone bills and flew Gandalf around.
posted by freethefeet (11 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
posted by mumimor at 4:15 AM on November 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

I love the photo caption - "Wandi was professionally appraised as "adorable" and "seriously cute" by the vet"
posted by Sparky Buttons at 4:26 AM on November 1, 2019 [20 favorites]

Here's a pic of some tuckered dingo puppers that I took last time I went to Melbourne.

It was kind of novel for me because this was the inland dingo. When I lived up in the Pilbara we only had the rainforest dingo.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock at 6:27 AM on November 1, 2019 [6 favorites]

Thet eagle stole my dingo baby!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:31 AM on November 1, 2019 [16 favorites]

Adorable indeed.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:43 AM on November 1, 2019

Thet eagle stole my dingo baby!

Yeah, a two month old baby being eaten by wild animals is hilarious.
posted by zamboni at 7:01 AM on November 1, 2019 [7 favorites]

It's not delivery, It's dingiorno
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:51 AM on November 1, 2019 [12 favorites]

Awww! I just finished reading the news and was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the relentless negativity, so this was just what I needed. Thank you for posting, freethefeet!
posted by widdershins at 8:30 AM on November 1, 2019

As God is my witness, I thought dingos could fly.
posted by thelonius at 8:31 AM on November 1, 2019 [7 favorites]

I guess the eagle and the stork had a deal.
posted by dlugoczaj at 9:33 AM on November 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

More about Dingo conservation efforts or the lack thereof, in the neighboring state of New South Wales:

The dingo is subject to this terrible dilemma,” says Professor Letnic. “Like the kangaroo, they can be pests – but that doesn't mean we should wipe them out.

“With the kangaroo, there is a balance between how we control and try to conserve them. We’re worried that with the dingo there’s not a great deal of balance – the emphasis is largely on exterminating them.”

And yes, dingoes can be a threat to babies and toddlers especially in touristy camping areas where ignorant overseas visitors try to hand feed them. (NB. Please don't do this.) Most Australians of a certain age (especially Mefites, perhaps?) will tend to not find jokes about the subject particularly funny, FYI.

As a student I lived in a shared house with someone who had a pet dingo, despite their awareness of the ethical and practical issues. I don't remember how it came about and he was an older dog by the time I met him. We were under strict instructions to be very careful about admitting his identity, lest he be removed and probably destroyed...even to the vet and so on (not that they were fooled for a minute). The animal was a cranky genius, with a history of legendary pranks involving riding on garbage trucks and stealing strings of sausages. Strictly a one-man dog although he and I got along just fine.
posted by Coaticass at 7:20 PM on November 1, 2019 [3 favorites]

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