Siobhán, from Dublin Zoo, writes:
Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of seven (!) African painted dogs. This brings the total number of African painted dogs at Dublin Zoo to eleven.
Dublin Zoo’s new arrivals were born five weeks ago. In preparing for the birth, the female excavated a deep burrow in the ground and, for weeks, the animal care team could only guess what was happening.
It is not until the newborns open their eyes, approximately three weeks after birth, that she brings them to surface to the sunlight.
…Also known as African wild or hunting dogs, African painted dogs have a unique coat pattern, making them easily identifiable. It is estimated that approximately only 6,000 African painted dogs remain in the wild today.