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My favorite wolf

Canis lupus arabs in the Negev Desert in southern Israel.

Some of these Israeli Arabian wolves are weigh only 25 pounds. Until the cryptic African wolf subspecies was discovered last winter,  it was the smallest extant subspecies.  The African wolves were considered a subspecies of golden jackal.

In addition to these very smaller extant subspecies, there was also a diminutive subspecies of Canis lupus in Japan. It was most common in Honshu, but it was also found on Shikoku and Kyushu.  It became extinct because of a rabies epidemic that caused these little wolves to attack people.

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