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These maned wolves are unique South American canids. They are creatures of the grasslands and have a wide range in South America. Although they are called wolves, they are actually more closely related the other South American canids, the wolf-like foxes, the short-eared dog, and the bush dog.

They are the only large canid not known to form packs, generally living in loosely bonded pairs that are not often seen together. Unlike wolves, the maned wolf doesn’t form packs to bring down large prey. In fact, they eat lots of fruit in their diet.

They were originally persecuted because they were thought to be a threat to livestock. In reality, they are only a threat to poultry.

Their long legs helps them look over tall grass, similar to the serval cat of Africa.

You can learn more about them here.

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