A very shy maned wolf stops for a visit at a monastery in Brazil for a bite to eat provided by monks. Because of their super long legs, they walk more like giraffes than typical canines. Maned wolves pose no threat to humans. Impressive animal. I had never seen one ’til today.
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The maned wolf is a solitary animal with, as you can see, in the video, long, thin legs and a dense reddish coat. They get their name from the characteristic mane on the back of their neck. The hair of the mane stands erect when the wolf senses danger.
They are mainly found in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay and they are described as the largest canine of South America. They are also described as “Near Threatened” which means that they are vulnerable to extinction. The phrase “Near Threatened” is one adopted by the IUCN Red List. It is a classification process as to how vulnerable a species is to extinction in the wild. It is the animal’s status regarding conservation.
Both the male and female maned wolf use their urine to communicate which is very similar to the urine marking of domestic cats and all the wild cats. Their lifespan is 12-15 years. Their body length is 49.2-51.2 inches (125-130 cms). The maned wolf is on the 200 reais banknote which was released in September last year.
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